Jamie Carragher sparked quite the reaction on Saturday when he slammed Marouane Fellaini.
Reflecting on Fellaini’s latest elbowing incident, the former Liverpool defender wrote in his Daily Mail column: “He is a menace… My personal hope is that we would never see him playing in the Premier League again.
Carragher has now explained his comments and admitted that he regrets the severity of his words.
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Instead of wanting Fellaini banished from England, Carragher simply meant Manchester United should sell him. The Belgian is a repeat offender and is currently serving a three-game suspension for elbowing Leicester City’s Robert Huth.
Clearly, the ex-Red isn’t a big fan of the midfielder and so it was rather humorous to read his response when asked if Fellaini, who Carragher doesn’t think fits the mould of a United player, would be a better fit in a Liverpool shirt.
“The problem with Fellaini going to Liverpool is that, unlike United, they’re still in Europe,” he told Manchester Evening News. “They have a final to look forward to in Basel in a couple of weeks and if they win that – as they have been winning in the Europa League all season against huge clubs like Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund – then they would be in the Champions League next season.
“Liverpool are comfortable in Europe. They’ve won five European Cups which is more than any other British club, but European referees don’t let as much go and that would be difficult for Fellaini.
“If Fellaini was to choose another club, then I don’t think Liverpool would be right for him.”
Fellaini isn't worth the hassle
You’d be hard pushed to find even one Liverpool fan who wanted Fellaini at Anfield. Kopites have put up with controversial players in the past - See: Luis Suarez - but, unlike the Uruguayan, Fellaini isn’t worth the hassle.
He also plays for Liverpool’s enemy.
Carragher was asked if his scathing condemnation of Fellaini was harsh, to which he said: “Yes, I shouldn’t have said that I hope he doesn’t play in England again. I didn’t mean it like that and on reflection I should have taken the line out. I didn’t mean he should be thrown out of the league, more that United should move him on.
“My point was that he’d played his last game in the league this season for United and that was hopefully the last we’ll see of his elbows. I know that sounds like the same thing, but I didn’t mean it as bluntly.”