Jamie Carragher, who often speaks fondly of our manager, has today given praise to our old guard of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville.

“I’ve always had it in my head that you finish football at 35 but I think the way people look after themselves you could maybe get another year out of it,” he said. “Some of the Manchester United lads give you inspiration to keep going. I want to play football until I’m about 35 or 36 but if the end was before that I’d obviously have to go somewhere else and do something else – I wouldn’t just stop playing football. If Liverpool said at 34 my time was up I’d probably have to go and do something for a couple of years. But I don’t think I would want to step down a level (to the Championship). Hopefully it won’t have to come to that.”