Jamie Carragher has defined why he wished to see Lionel Messi be part of Manchester Metropolis as an alternative of Liverpool this summer time.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner made it clear a few weeks in the past that he needs to go away the Catalan membership and Metropolis have been closely linked with a transfer for the Argentine.
However Messi confirmed on Friday that regardless of wanting to go away Barcelona, he would see out the ultimate yr of his contract on the Camp Nou as he didn’t need to drag his beloved membership to courtroom.
And talking following the Argentine’s announcement, Carragher defined why a transfer to Metropolis would have made extra sense than one to his outdated membership Liverpool.
“If you’re asking me as a lover of soccer if I wished Messi to return to the Premier League then completely, sure,” he informed the Sunday Mirror.
“Did I would like him to go to Man Metropolis? Sure, as a result of I simply wished him within the Premier League.
“I wished to look at him each week – and it will have been wonderful.
“Did I would like Liverpool to signal him? No. If I used to be a Metropolis fan, would I’ve wished Metropolis to signal him? No.
“Standing again and searching on the numbers concerned and the age of the participant, I’m not certain I might have wished my group to signal him.
“I wished Messi within the Premier League and if he had gone to Metropolis I might have been delighted.
“Would he have made Metropolis higher? In fact. However Liverpool nonetheless beat Barcelona 4-0 – and Barcelona didn’t win the league this yr and haven’t gained the Champions League for a very long time.
“We’re speaking about one of many biggest gamers, however simply since you get him there isn’t any assure of success.”