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Jamie Carragher talks about that TV moment with Thierry Henry

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Earlier this week, Premier League fans everywhere celebrated the one-year anniversary of what was quite possibly the most awkward moment in Sky Sports' history.

No, we're not talking about that time Richard Keys tried to engage in bigotry banter with Jamie Redknapp but the moment Jamie Carragher and Thierry Henry were told that Liverpool had sacked Brendan Rodgers.

Having won four of their opening 11 games of the season, it came as no surprise to the vast majority of Liverpool fans but it is safe to say the two former Premier League stars were taken aback.

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Henry himself was particularly shocked as he instinctively reached out his right hand and placed it on Carragher's thigh. The Liverpool legend didn't quite know how to react but infamously decided to stare straight down the camera lens.

The resulting image has been used in countless memes ever since. If for some reason you have no idea what we're talking about, or simply need a refresher, we've inserted it below.

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The big reveal

It has taken a full year for Carragher to finally reveal what he told Henry after that moment.

Apparently, he told the former Arsenal striker that Jurgen Klopp was the only man for the job, a prophecy that would be fulfilled only days later when the German made the move to Anfield.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "I said when Brendan Rodgers was sacked and Thierry Henry had his hand over my thigh, the only man Liverpool should be going for was Jurgen Klopp, he was the outstanding candidate and available.

“There may have been some people at the time who thought Klopp was looking at teams closer to the top and winning the biggest trophies around because although Liverpool weren’t struggling we weren’t where we wanted to be – hence why Brendan Rodgers lost his job.

“I think he’s been everything we expected him to be. A fantastic football manager but also a fantastic character and addition to the Premier League.

“I can’t think of anybody else out there who would be a better fit for our club.”

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Trophy time

While Liverpool fans need no second invitation to wax lyrical about their manager, his time on Merseyside will ultimately come down to whether he can bring silverware to the club. For Carragher, there appears to be little doubt about Klopp's to win major honours.

“I think Klopp is a special manager, at the moment I don’t think we could get anyone better than him in how he’s suited to the club," Carragher continued.

“You could have a season, it could be this season, are we the best squad? Probably not but we’ve made a great start.

“In terms of Klopp over these next couple of seasons, he’s been to two cup finals and you hope a manager like that can bring us some trophies, it’s not easy, we’ve had a barren spell.”


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