Joey Barton has caused a stir with his comments on Jamie Carragher's spitting incident

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The 2-1 loss to Manchester United would have been tough to take for all Liverpool fans.

Poor defending in the first-half saw them go 2-0 down against their fierce rivals at Old Trafford, something they couldn’t quite recover from despite their best efforts after the break.

It left them five points behind Jose Mourinho’s side and with an almighty fight on their hands to hold onto their top-four spot.

While most Liverpool supporters would have been able to just turn off the TV and get on with their lives at full-time, club legend Jamie Carragher didn’t quite have the same luxury.

He had to remain at the Theatre of Dreams to analyse exactly where it went wrong for Jurgen Klopp and his team. It couldn’t have been easy.

But that’s certainly no excuse for his behaviour as he drove home.

After being goaded by a Manchester United fan whilst driving, Carragher wound down his window and spat at the United fan’s vehicle, hitting his 14-year-old daughter.


He has since apologised for his actions but what happens next for Carragher? Will he lose his job at Sky Sports?

Well, that was the topic of conversation on talkSPORT this morning with Joey Barton having some very interesting things to say.

Of course, Barton is no stranger to controversial moments during his career and, as a scouser was probably one of the best people to speak about it.

But football fans weren't happy that, given his history, he was suggesting Carragher should be sacked.


“Absolute madness,” Barton said of Carragher’s behaviour.

“You just can’t do that. I don’t get why he doesn’t just, if he’s that annoyed, just keep his window up or wind it down and tell him to mind his own business.


“I mean, I’ve done some stupid stuff but to do that stone cold sober. Why is he that emotionally-attached to the game? He should be an impartial pundit.

“Surely you’ve got to see the fact that there’s a young girl in the car.”

And when asked whether or not he should be sacked, Barton wasn’t prepared to give his opinion but admitted he wouldn’t be surprised.

“That’s probably down to Sky,” Barton said.

“But Sky probably have a large subscription base that are Man Utd fans and a large subscription base being Fathers or Mothers and they’d be really disappointed and would they want to be paying him to do that.

“Look, he’s made a mistake. Say that was me, I think my position would be under-fire and I think it will be. I think it’s disappointing because he’s a good pundit but you just can’t condone that. You can’t do that to a young girl outside a football match with that kind of profile.”

This is coming from a player that stubbed a cigar out on a teammate's eye, assaulted a teammate in training, went to jail for common assault and affray and banned from football for illegal gambling.


And this is how football fans reacted to his comments:

It’s just surprising Carragher felt the need to react.

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