The ultimate role model for all aspiring local youngsters, Jamie Carragher's meteoric rise from Youth Cup winner to European champion was a refreshing breath of fresh air amid an era of big-money foreign imports.

A true working-class hero who never forgot his roots, Carra rose through the Anfield youth ranks to become an instrumental figure in all of the club’s most recent triumphs.

An impeccable reader of the game, strong in the tackle and dominant in the air, at the peak of his powers he was widely regarded as one of the finest out-and-out defenders in Europe.

Carragher was adept at playing in any position across the back four and quite literally put his body on the line in the pursuit of success with the Reds.

After winning almost every honour in the game he now sits second in the club’s all-time appearance list.

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