"It was his little gang, Jamie Cassidy, Davie Thompson and Carra
. They were the trio.
"I knew Carra
because we played against Liverpool with Valencia, and he was a good player then, but I think he is a much better player now because his understanding of the game is much better," said Benitez.
"Not surprisingly, Carra
was fuming at this and jumped up to the edge of the balcony and the fans retreated towards the back of the box and Carra
jumped back down before some of his team-mates arrived at the incident.
" Benitez, a manager who has always prided himself on his side's defensive organisation, used DVDs of his great Valencia side to help encourage Carragher, a versatile, rather than specialist, defender when he arrived, and by 2007 he was convinced Carra
belonged on the world stage.
"Sami has experience and Agger has character and is a young player, so we have the players to come in and cover for Carra
and Stevie now."
Money raised will be go to the West of Ireland Alzheimer's Foundation and Carra
He was still a young boy but what stuck in my mind about Carra
was how much he enjoyed being there.
has been playing superbly and I don't think anybody would relish playing against him.
Faithful to the spirit of le CarrA
's book while not following it religiously, he puts his own superb stamp on this beautifully painted picture.
in particular was very friendly, so much so at the end of our conversation my daughter said to me, 'I didn't know that you knew Jamie Carragher'.
I WAS really disappointed for Stevie G and Carra
for missing the penalties.
We all knew that keeping a clean sheet was going to be crucial but Carra
's slack backpass left us with a mountain to climb.