Jamie Carragher reveals which teams he would have let Gerrard join

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It wasn't exactly unexpected but Steven Gerrard's retirement from playing has prompted some incredible reaction from around the world.

Former teammates, coaches and even opponents have all paid tribute to the ex-England captain after he finally called time on his 19-year career.

Of course, it meant one of Gerrard's closest friends for the last two decades, Jamie Carragher, had an equally busy day as everyone wanted to know his verdict on the big announcement.

It was also a chance for Carragher, who spent over 17 years at Anfield himself, to reminisce on some of Gerrard's highlights.

The FA Cup final against West Ham and that fateful night in Istanbul in 2005 were Carragher's two standout memories in an interview with Sky Sports earlier in the day.

But later on, the former defender made an appearance on talkSPORT and revealed a bit more insight into his relationship with the man of the moment.

Just under a decade ago, there was a lot of speculation surrounding Gerrard's future at Liverpool and Carragher admitted the pair did speak about potential destinations he could have considered.

A player of Gerrard's talent was never going to be short of options but Carragher revealed he advised his friend to only contemplate leaving Anfield for one of two teams.

“I heard you before talking about Barcelona and I agree to an extent - I don’t think he would have been suited to them as he played a different type of game, more all action. He’d have been a lot more suited to Real Madrid.

“We beat Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield and Raul came up and asked if he’d go to Real Madrid in that summer, so that is how strong the feeling was from Real Madrid – the actual captain asking if he’d sign!

“I obviously never wanted him to go, but my advice to Stevie was there is only two clubs you’d go to – and that’s the Spanish giants."

The Sky Sports pundit did also discuss the one club he would not allow Gerrard to leave for - Liverpool's big rivals at the time, Chelsea.

He added: “My advice [was] if you ever want to take your chance abroad you can always come back, as Ian Rush did when he went to Juventus, but if Stevie ever went to Chelsea he’d never have been allowed back – I wouldn’t have allowed him back!”

The Chelsea manager at the time, Jose Mourinho, was a big fan of Gerrard but the Liverpool icon listened to Carragher's advice and resisted the lure of Stamford Bridge.

Gerrard may never openly admit it but he must have considered moving to the Bernabeu for at least a second after Raul's brilliant approach in 2009.

To most, that would have been all it would require to sign for the Spanish giants but as all Liverpool supporters know, Gerrard was a one of a kind.

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