Liverpool great Carragher recalls being told to model his game on Man Utd icon

Jamie Carragher says he was told to model his game on future Manchester United Champions League winner Teddy Sheringham when he was a young player.

Former Liverpool defender Carragher may have found fame playing at the back for the Reds, but he actually started out as a striker in local Merseyside football.

His performances in attack earned him a place at English football's former national school of excellence at Lilleshall, where he says Sheringham was a name that coaches would often stress to players.

“I went to the national school as a centre-forward, and it was a different way of playing than what I’d been used to at Liverpool, it was a lot more direct," Carragher told Sky Sports.

“I don’t mean that in terms of smashing the ball long, but it was a case of getting the ball into the striker as quick as you can, and I was a striker.

“And there was Teddy Sheringham who was brilliant at holding the ball up, and that was a big thing at the national school, to be able to hold the ball up.

“It was about getting ‘side on’ so your full body was between the defender and the ball.

“I think Sheringham was really good at that, and he used to get spoken about a lot by the coach, the late great Keith Blunt, who was at the national school.

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