Date: 16th May 2013 at 9:53am
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Given his struggle (not really) in knocking Liverpool off their perch, one of Liverpool’s players made an impression on Sir Alex in particular, with Sir Alex claiming he ‘loved’ him.

Sir Alex will retire this Sunday after the game with West Brom and will be joined in retirement by . The defender has been a Liverpool stalwart for over 10 years and in his time at the club has faced Sir Alex a whopping 33 times.

Speaking to LFCTV in a documentary on the defender’s career, Sir Alex enthused over Carragher claiming Liverpool were lucky to have him:

“He’s absolutely a player I admire.

“He’s the epitome of a loyal, dedicated player who Liverpool have been lucky to have for more than a decade.

“He’s been a bedrock of their defensive qualities for years and years.

“I loved him. He’s a fantastic example for any young lad that wants to play the game. He’s been a really, really good professional.

He’s absolutely the type of player a manager wants. I used to rave about Brucie [Steve Bruce] and the nine years he had with us, and I think Jamie Carragher is that exact same mould – can play with injuries, gets knocked about and gets back up, hardly misses a game.

“You’re lucky to have players like that. I was lucky to have Steve Bruce and he is the same type of player. A fantastic player.”