Jamie Carragher hilariously reveals what Liverpool and England team-mates were really like

Jamie Carrager is a bona fide Liverpool legend.

He’ll always be a hero to the red half of the city, most of all for his heroics in Liverpool’s Champions League win in 2005.

And now he’s lifted the lid on what some of the characters he played with were really like.

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Michael Owen (left) hated films because they’re ‘not real’

Here’s what he had to say in Shortlist magazine about a few people he played for Liverpool and England with.

Pepe Reina

“If you saw him for Spain at the World Cup, he was up and bouncing around and he hadn’t even played a minute. So, imagine what he was like playing for Liverpool every week. He was always having a laugh and a joke.”

Michael Owen

“We knew how much he hated films at Liverpool. I’d ask him why, he’d say: ‘Well it’s not real is it? Why bother when it’s not real?’ And I was like ‘Oh my God!’ I mean, I’m not a massive film watcher, but he hated them. My favourite is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Jamie Redknapp’s is Brokeback Mountain. We never had a film night with Owen. Lads don’t do that in the football team.”

David James

“He’d get you through tournaments with England, Jesus Christ, he never stopped talking. Ever. He’d like to say he was into all these fancy things, that he painted in his spare time and went to all these galleries. Personally, I think it was all one big bluff. I don’t think he has a clue about art.”

Didi Hamann

“He liked having a few drinks with me. And getting on the karaoke. He was awful. He’s more snakehips, more of a mover than a singer. He’s the worst dresser, an absolute scruff!”

Rio Ferdinand

“It’s getting a bit boring isn’t it with footballers. There’s just nothing there at all. That’s probably England’s problem, too boring. At least Rio could have a laugh. His show ‘Rio’s World Cup Wind-Ups’ went down well. His catchphrase ‘You’ve been Merked’ was the weirdest thing about it. I can see him going on to make a movie or something.”

Djibril Cisse

“He was a DJ on the side. I didn’t get to see his football skills enough, let alone what he was like on the decks. But he’d often be in charge of the music in the dressing room. He’d usually put Justin Timberlake on or something like that. I wasn’t a fan. I’m more of a Dr Hook and Rod Stewart man myself.”

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