Jamie Carragher has firmly disagreed with comments made by Sir Alex Ferguson about Liverpool in his recently-released autobiography.
The Manchester United manager disputes that Steven Gerrard, Carragher's former teammate and best friend in football, was 'a top, top player'; while the fiery Scot also wrote that Liverpool lacked imagination under Rafael Benitez.
Carragher has responded in his latest Mail Online column by saying he was particularly "flabbergasted" when he read Ferguson's quotes about Gerrard, Liverpool's talismanic captain.
"He won a Champions League final almost single-handedly in 2005," the former defender, who retired at the end of last season, wrote. "I didn’t see anyone do that for Ferguson on the two occasions Manchester United won it, 1999 and 2008.
"Ferguson’s opinion is authoritative but I’d love to know who he does class as a ‘top, top player’; he says Stevie never got a kick against Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, but I don’t remember that to be the case."
Carragher then moved onto Benitez, who rarely saw eye-to-eye with Ferguson during his spell at Liverpool between 2004 and 2010.
"There is the claim that Liverpool lacked imagination under Rafa Benitez," Carragher continued. "That’s just not true.
"We were physically and mentally strong, but we didn’t lack a sense of adventure. We scored four against Arsenal, four at Old Trafford and beat Real Madrid 5-0 over two legs in the Champions League.
"Benitez is pragmatic and may not see the game in the same way as Ferguson or Pep Guardiola, but we were not unimaginative. How could we be with players such as Xabi Alonso, Stevie and Torres? That year we were the real deal and that’s why it hurt so much losing the title to them."
Carragher also disagreed with Ferguson's comments claiming Michael Owen should have chosen to play for Manchester United ahead of Liverpool when he was 12 years old, because he was played too often at Anfield during the early stages of his senior career.
"What were we supposed to do? Not play him?" Carragher questioned. "Michael became European Footballer of the Year in 2001; had he been at United, Ferguson would have almost certainly let him loose. He had done that, don’t forget, with Ryan Giggs, giving him his debut as a 17-year-old."
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