A new book called ‘Ring of Fire: Liverpool FC into the 21st century’ is a must-read for any fan of the Anfield club.
It was written by Simon Hughes and features various stories from players themselves.
You’ve probably read the extracts about how desperate Michael Owen was to return to Liverpool, or Xabi Alonso’s anguish at not winning the Premier League title in 2009.
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There’s also an explanation of why former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier opted to sign El Hadji Diouf instead of Nicolas Anelka in 2002. No doubt Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard will have a vested interest in that part.
Carragher features heavily in the book, explaining why the “guilt” he felt after losing is part of the reason why he’s fearful of dipping his toes into management.
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Carragher gave Torres a boost
But the Sky Sports pundit needn’t worry about losing if his motivational skills are anything to go by.
Carragher explains in the book how he comforted Fernando Torres when the striker joined Liverpool in 2007. Torres struggled during his first week, according to the ex-defender, and so Carragher wanted to give him a boost.
"I tried to help people, especially early on when they'd just signed," Carragher says.
"The example is [Fernando] Torres. At first I thought, 'God, I'm not getting much out this one'. He didn't say a word to anyone and was struggling in training for the first week.
"So I bought my son a kit with Torres's name on the back. I brought James into Melwood to try make Torres feel a bit better. James was only four years old and didn't have a clue.
"Torres obviously proved himself as a very good player but I thought he needed a lift, so I did what I could. The club made a huge investment in him. I cared about the club but most of all I wanted Torres to score the goals that would win us games."
It worked. The Spaniard, now plying his trade with Atletico Madrid, scored 33 goals in his debut season as the Reds reached the Champions League semi-finals.
Torres always had the talent to thrive at Liverpool but it just needed some encouragement from Carragher to unlock it.
It’s certainly a tale the 38-year-old can tell owners if he ever does decide to pursue a career in management.
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