Jamie Carragher finally reveals why he  grabbed Liverpool team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa by the throat in 2-0 win over West Brom in 2009 as the Reds icon  admit he acted ‘like a lunatic’

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Jamie Carragher re-lived his infamous on-pitch bust-up with then Liverpool team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa in a 2009 Premier League match, in which he ended up grabbing the Spain international ‘by the throat’. 

Carragher spent his entire 17-year senior career at Liverpool, and is second in the club’s list of record appearance makers with 737 at the heart of the Reds’ defence between 1996 and 2013.

Since hanging up his boots the Liverpool icon has transitioned into a successful media career, regularly appearing on Sky Sports and is a co-host of the Stick to Football podcast. 

In the latest episode, the Champions League winner in 2005 re-told the famous tale of his coming together with Arbeloa on the field during a Premier League game 15 years ago. 

‘We [Liverpool] were playing West Brom away [and] he [Álvaro Arbeloa] was a solid full back – he just kept going, I wasn’t getting the protection,’ Carragher said, speaking on the Stick to Football podcast, brought to you by Sky Bet. 

Jamie Carragher (right) and Alvaro Arbeloa (left) had an infamous bust-up on the pitch in 2009

The ex-Liverpool and England defender re-lived the moment on the Stick to Football Podcast

The ex-Liverpool and England defender re-lived the moment on the Stick to Football Podcast

Carragher and Co beat West Brom 2-0 at the Hawthorns and kept hold of their precious clean sheet

Carragher and Co beat West Brom 2-0 at the Hawthorns and kept hold of their precious clean sheet

‘The game was already won to be fair, I’m thinking, “We’ve got to get our clean sheet” and he’s almost playing like a right winger, and they’re attacking. 

‘I’ve just been like a lunatic, and I grabbed him [by the throat] and [Xabi] Alonso’s come over, and everyone. 

‘We got in the dressing room afterwards and he was having none of it. He was decent – he ended up winning the World Cup!’

Arbeloa played 98 games for the Reds between January 2007 and summer 2009, scoring just the two goals from right back. 

He would go on to return to boyhood club Real Madrid, winning two Champions Leagues in 2013-14 and 2015-16 as well as a LaLiga title in the post-Pep-Guardiola-Barcelona era.

But it was with his country Spain that Arbeloa had perhaps the most joy as part of the La Roja set up that scooped successive European Championships in 2008 and 2012, either side of the 2010 World Cup. 

Carragher also intimated that Marcus Rashford’s reputation might not be as saint-like as he is made out to be thanks to the ‘PR around him’, after the Manchester United forward’s night out in Belfast. 

‘I don’t ever believe he was this saint that he was made out to be, and this inner circle, I think they have done a great job with Marcus – there was a lot of PR around him,’ he said.

‘It put him as if he was this guy that was almost going to save the world, when he’s just a young lad from Manchester, with a few quid and is a brilliant footballer.’ 

Carragher - Liverpool's second-highest appearance maker - has since transitioned into a successful media career

Carragher – Liverpool’s second-highest appearance maker – has since transitioned into a successful media career

Marcus Rashford is enduring a miserable season at Manchester United and was fined two weeks wages after missing training last week

Marcus Rashford is enduring a miserable season at Manchester United and was fined two weeks wages after missing training last week

He added: ‘I’ve always said this – if Rashford is Manchester United’s best player, which I’d probably say he is, I don’t think Manchester United can win anything big. 

‘That’s not a criticism of him, I just think they’d probably need someone a level above – he’s almost that second or third guy in that front three. 

‘There’s that much pressure and scrutiny on him to be the guy who gets the goals. 

‘I don’t think he’s quite good enough to be the Wayne Rooney or the Andy Cole or Dwight Yorke, but there’s nobody else there.’ 

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