Jamie Carragher Names A Team Of His Toughest Opponents
Jamie Carragher has named an XI of the hardest opponents he has ever faced and it features some huge names.
Carragher came up against some of the world's biggest names during his 17-year stint at Liverpool and his star-studded team reflects that.
He discussed his lineup on Sky Sports this morning and every single player has gone down as a legend.
In goal he decides to go with Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Buffon is still playing for the Serie A side at 42 years old after a brief spell at Paris Saint-Germain.
Carragher stated that Buffon is, "A great goalkeeper and the best of his generation."
The former England international also stayed in Serie A for his picks at full-back, opting for Cafu and Paolo Maldini.
"The easiest ones are possibly the full-backs," Carragher explained.
"They weren't just the best full-backs of their generation, I actually believe they are the best two full-backs of all time. I don't think there are many arguments with that."
Both men started in the 2005 Champions League Final against Liverpool, which saw the Reds come back from 3-0 down to win the game on penalties.
He then went for another duo in central defence, with Chelsea's Marcel Desailly and John Terry.
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"Desailly, in certain games against Liverpool it was men against boys, really, when he wanted to turn it on," the 42-year-old said.
"And John Terry for me has been the best Premier League centre-back, certainly in my time watching. He's been as good as anyone."
The midfield trio features and interesting blend of Roy Keane at the base, with Barcelona's Xavi and Andres Iniesta ahead of him.
"Keane would be a little bit more central in the holding position. I was thinking other players you could play against, maybe a [Andrea] Pirlo who's a completely different player," Carragher stated.
"But I think what Roy Keane would give you in that position sitting in front of a back four, organising, the energy, challenges."
When discussing World Cup winning duo Xavi and Iniesta, he simply said: "The midfield in terms of Xavi and Iniesta picks itself, what they did for Barcelona, absolute superstars the two of them."
The attackers are made up of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry, with the Frenchman getting the tag of toughest opponent of all.
"I look at that front three and I think certainly anyone from my generation it would be Messi and Ronaldo and one other.
"That one other for me would be Thierry Henry who I think is the greatest Premier League player of all time, and certainly my toughest opponent."
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