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Hours before today’s Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton, ex-Reds defender Jamie Carragher wrote for the Daily Mail, sharing his point of view regarding whether or not it takes being a ‘certain type of player’ to commit a foul like the one Neil Taylor made on Seamus Coleman a few days ago, in the Republic of Ireland versus Wales World Cup qualifier.
We are all ‘that type of player’. I’d say 99 per cent of footballers have made challenges as bad as Taylor’s – or even worse – at some point in their careers. They were just lucky no bones were broken
Carragher wrote, having previously expressed his sympathy to Everton’s Coleman, who obviously will miss the rest of the season after the surgery he underwent to fix his broken leg.
I say it from experience. I know what Coleman is going through, given that Lucas Neill shattered my leg at Blackburn in 2003 when he leaped into me, but I can relate in some way to Taylor’s frame of mind too
Carragher also claimed, ‘reminding’ everyone that all sympathy towards Coleman will be set aside once the Merseyside derby starts.
Besides a goal in the first minute, the thing Liverpudlians and Evertonians want to see from their players in the opening exchanges is a challenge to – in the words of my old youth coach Hughie McAuley – ‘rattle the bones’
the ex-Liverpool defender wrote for the Daily Mail, and despite sounding somewhat cynical, hardly anyone can argue against him.