Jamie Carragher reveals the moments that still haunt him even after retirement

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There's no doubt that Jamie Carragher had an incredible career with Liverpool. He spent 17 years with the club, making 737 appearances in all competitions for the Reds and he even captained them on a number of occasions.  

The defender was part of the famous team that beat AC Milan in the Champions League final of 2005, which was one of the greatest games in the competition's history. He also won two FA Cups, three League Cups, and a Uefa Cup in his time with Liverpool.

His side were one of the best in English football for a number of years with Carragher at the back, Steven Gerrard in midfield and a number of huge stars up front.

But in a week that mental health in football has been a hot topic, the former England footballer has revealed that being at the top of the game often brought more pressure than pleasure.

In a piece for the Daily Mail, Carragher said that he only really ever 'endured' life in the Premier League, rather than enjoying it.

Of course, he never won the league himself, despite having 17 attempts at it. His team came close on a number of occasions, but never quite got over the line. However, the former defender turned Sky Sports pundit revealed that there are certain other memories that still eat away at him, even four years after retirement.

"I remember conceding a last-minute penalty at Upton Park, losing 3-0 at Goodison Park in September 2006, the backpass at home to Zenit St Petersburg in February 2013 that led to us being knocked out of the Europa League in my final season." 

For most Liverpool fans, these moments will have been forgotten fairly quickly. A Merseyside Derby defeat will have been hard to take, but the losses against Zenit and West Ham would not have hurt too much.

They probably stand out for Carragher more because he was directly responsible for the mistakes. He suggested that he took so much responsibility for the team that he felt like he couldn't make mistakes, and when he did, they would mentally torment him.     

Carragher's mindset shows that even the best are still sometimes scared to make mistakes and especially at the top level, they will be punished.  

No one though can take away the 17 years he spent with Liverpool. Although there were bad times, there were just as many, if not more good times, and that's what Carragher's career should be remembered for.      

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