Footballing legend Thierry Henry has revealed that Liverpool hero and Kop idol Jamie Carragher is one of the toughest opponents he has ever played against.
The Reds skipper, who signed a professional contract with Liverpool in 1996 and has remained at the club for his entire career, is set to retire at the end of the season and in an exclusive interview with Liverpool FC Magazine, Henry, who enjoyed plenty of duels against Carragher in his successful Arsenal career speaks of his admiration for the Scouser.
"I would not say I have a toughest opponent, but there is a selection of three - maybe four - that when I think about them, I think only of the toughest games. Jamie Carragher was in that group," said Henry.
He explains: "I was lucky because I was physically very quick. Everybody could see that. It was obvious. So straightaway people could say: 'Thierry Henry - he's quick.'
"It is not so easy to see inside a player's mind. Jamie's mind was very, very quick. In some ways that is an unfortunate quality to have because it is not an obvious quality. It takes a while for people to see it. But when you are there on the pitch competing against someone with a quick mind, you know about it.
"Defenders don't always get the recognition they deserve for keeping a clean sheet... The way I saw it, especially with Jamie, is that when I was at my best and he was at his best, neither player would win and it would be up to someone else to either win or lose the match."
Carragher has currently made 499 league appearances for the Merseyside club and could be set for his 500th this coming Sunday as Liverpool host Tottenham in what is being described as a massive game.
And with Martin Skrtel still struggling with a knee injury, it looks like Carragher will get the nod from manager Brendan Rodgers to make career appearance number 500 and reach a monumental milestone.
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