Liverpool defender Carragher relishing Chelsea rivalry
Jamie Carragher has admitted the rivalry between Liverpool and Chelsea has diminished since its peak of a few years ago but the Reds defender is still relishing the prospect of facing the London side in the FA Cup final, the Independent has reported.
Liverpool and Chelsea developed something of a football feud after a series of big matches between the sides, most notably the Champions League semi-final of 2005 that saw Liverpool progress after a controversial goal that may not have crossed the line, something the newspaper notes Jose Mourinho, Chelsea manager at the time, still complains about.
Carragher has suggested the absence of Mourinho, who raised the ire of Liverpool supporters with his celebration during Chelsea’s League Cup final victory over Liverpool in 2005, is part of the reason for the dampening down of hostilities, but there remains a healthy competitive enmity between the clubs.
“[The rivalry] started six or seven years ago. It is still a big rivalry but I think it had more to it then. Maybe Mr Mourinho had something to do with it. We seemed to be playing them four or five times a season,” Carragher said, adding that Liverpool have full respect for their weekend opponents and believes Chelsea feel the same way about the Anfield club.
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