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on 22 March 2010
Although a thorough professional who will seek to utilise the majority of legal and illegal tactics to effect an advantage to his beloved liverpool team, Jamie Carragher is generally considered a "honest" footballer, in comparison certainly to the glaring and disgusting divers and cheats ruining the game, such as Drogba and Ronaldo (the portugese one). Similarly so this is a seeming very honest account of one man`s rise to the peak of his profession.
Surprisingly articulate and erudite in his revelations, the book is mainly very interesting throughout. This stems largely from the fact that as well as divulging the glory days (only the premiership has eluded his personal horde of winner`s medals) he pulls few punches in his obvious disdain for certain team mates, other playing pros, and managers past and present. Whilst not outrightly condemning the managers he has played under at Anfield, he has little reservation in revealing what he considers to be flaws in their make up. Fewer punches are pulled when discussing those managers he served under whilst being available for national duty, as Jamie divulges the frustration and hurt he felt when being largely overlooked or played out of (his preferred) position for the England team.
Also of major interest is how he came to very much dislike both the Everton club and its supporters, after supporting and loving the blue noses right through until his late teens. A bit jarring was his too frequent references to the importance of close friends and family. Also a bit confusing is his self description as a player, - sometimes lauding how good a central defender he considers himself before retreating modestly to how inferior he compares himself to the likes of Ferdinand and Terry.
Generally an entertaining read, I could not give this more than 4 stars, mainly because 5 stars can only be awarded to those books one finds rivetting from page one to the end. For the non partisan fan this book may be of interest to you, but ultimately only die hard reds` fans will find most satisfaction in this effort. I read a local library copy and unless you too can find one in your library`s shelves, I would suggest you avoid those sellers who seek more than a quid or three of your hard earned to purchase one.