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"I Never Wore Reebok Boots Again"- Carragher Recalls His Merseyside Derby Memories

Mikey Traynor
By Mikey Traynor
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We're in for a treat on Monday as Liverpool host Everton in the big game live on Sky Sports, so naturally Jamie Carragher was asked to recall his best and worst memories from the derby games he was a part of for The Fantasy Football Club in advance of the fixture.

As usual, Carragher was great entertainment as he talked us through the highs and the lows, both of which there were plenty of in the roughly eight-minute segment.

The Liverpool legend's first derby game was a bit of a disaster, as he was responsible for a goal with his side trailing at half time, but unlike later in the video where he holds his hands up for having given a poor display, on this occasion Carragher blamed his boots.

My boots, I remember coming in at half time, and you'd usually six or seven studs in a boot, I had two left on my right boot and I was slipping all over the place.

I was like a lunatic at half time changing my boots. I'll always remember, everywhere I went I was always slipping over, and it was to do with the boots, the studs hadn't been done properly.

I never wore Reebok boots again!

They always said "tighten studs before use" on a little note in the box for a reason, Jamie!


But that wasn't his worst Merseyside derby memory, as he also told of the clash in September of 2006 that saw Andy Johnson pounce on a number of costly Reds mistakes to claim a big win for the Toffees.

That was particularly tough for Carragher to take, as he faced stick for weeks to come.

The Andy Johnson game they called it. I had a nightmare, the worst derby game I ever played in.

I was injured, and I was just so desperate to get back for that game, and I wasn't right. It taught me a big less, that, going forward.

I was all over the place in the first half especially, but that game stayed with me for a very, very long time. Obviously, being an Everton fan as a kid, my family are mostly Evertonians, and, for Everton fans, giving Liverpool a good beating is like winning a trophy. That's not a criticism, it just is.

You'd have to feel that last line will be quoted on social media in the coming days...


But it wasn't all bad, in fact, Carragher has many positive derby memories including bagging a last-minute winner at Goodison Park, which you can hear him talk about in the clip below:

We really are set up for a cracker on Monday Night Football.


Liverpool were back to their best against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night, while Everton halted Arsenal's unbeaten run with a big performance on Tuesday.


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