Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his admiration for Liverpool great Jamie Carragher.
The Anfield defender is set to retire at the end of the season and Liverpool have been interviewing people for a LFC TV documentary, one of whom was Ferguson.
The Old Trafford boss is also retiring at the end of the season after 26 years in charge of Manchester United and, despite being one of Liverpool’s biggest rivals, was full of praise for Carragher.
The former England defender has faced Manchester United 33 times in his 17-year Liverpool career and it appears Ferguson was impressed with what he saw.
"He's absolutely a player I admire; He's the epitome of a loyal, dedicated player who Liverpool have been lucky to have for more than a decade,” said the Scot.
"He's been a bedrock of their defensive qualities for years and years. I loved him. He's a fantastic example for any young lad that wants to play the game. He's been a really, really good professional.”
One of Ferguson’s early stalwarts in the Manchester United defence was current Hull City manager Steve Bruce and the 71-year-olds believes there are positive similarities between the two.
"He's absolutely the type of player a manager wants,” he added.
“I used to rave about Brucie [Steve Bruce] and the nine years he had with us, and I think Jamie Carragher is that exact same mould - can play with injuries, gets knocked about and gets back up, hardly misses a game.
"You're lucky to have players like that. I was lucky to have Steve Bruce and he is the same type of player. A fantastic player.”
Carragher has made a total of 736 appearances for Liverpool, scoring just five goals, and won a total of nine major trophies during his time there.
He will likely get a rapturous send off in his final game against QPR on Sunday at Anfield and is rumoured to be taking up a coaching role once he hangs up his boots.