Liverpool’s legendary centre-back Jamie Carragher has said that he wishes he could have played alongside the Frenchman Thierry Henry.
Henry hung his boots up after 20 years in football to become a pundit on Sky Sports and will join Carragher in the studio.
The Frenchman spent eight years in the Premier League with Arsenal and scored 228 goals in 377 appearances for the club. During that time Liverpool kept just two clean sheets against the Gunners in 19 matches.
Carragher’s feelings no doubt reflect those of many who never got to play with the Frenchman: “Defenders everywhere will be breathing a sigh of relief that he has hung his boots up.
“He was certainly the toughest opponent I ever faced and possibly the best player the Premier League has seen. I would have loved him to be on the same team as me during my playing career, I’m delighted we’re finally on the same side.”
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Carragher joined other current and former Liverpool players in expressing their admiration for Henry with Daniel Sturridge, Patrik Berger and Luis Garcia all tweeting about the striker.
Henry’s career saw him win the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with France as well as another, less successful, World Cup final in 2006.
At club level Henry completed the double with Arsenal and scored 30 goals in 37 games as the Gunners went 49 games unbeaten. In total he scored 175 goals in the Premier League putting him joint fourth on the top scorers list with Frank Lampard.
Henry tasted his best success at Barcelona after leaving North London in 2007, he netted 19 goals in 29 La Liga games as the Blaugranas won a historic treble.