Jamie Carragher once settled the nerves of Steven Gerrard after the Liverpool legend feared for his place following the signing of Charlie Adam.
Adam joined the Reds in the summer of 2011, along with fellow new arrivals in Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing, Jose Enrique and Sebastian Coates. It was a difficult time.
Adam had been one of the inspirations behind Blackpool’s memorable season in the Premier League, and arrived with a reputation as a player capable of dislodging then-captain Gerrard from the starting line-up.
Indeed, Gerrard featured only sparsely in the 2011/12 season under Kenny Dalglish, but only injury, not the incredible form of Scottish legend Adam, kept him out of the starting line-up.
Gerrard was honoured at a Legends of Football event by former Liverpool teammates on Monday evening, where Carragher recounted a tale from their past.
The Sky Sports pundit said the signing of Adam left Gerrard fearing for his place, to which Carragher replied: “It’s only Charlie f***ing Adam.”
Carragher also described the former midfielder as “a miserable b*stard”. Which is all sorts of lovely.
Says he was often in awe of Gerrard on the pitch, and stunned by how keenly he felt his fear of failure even once he became Mr Liverpool
— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) October 2, 2017