Liverpool star ‘confesses’ to what we have known for weeks

Football FanCast guest columnist Tom Duggan is delighted to see JC determined to make amends for his shaky start to the season.

You may like or loathe Jamie Carragher, but you'll always respect the guy's openness and honesty, despite who he may offend. I believe it is his transparency that makes him so appealing to supporters and respected throughout the game.

JC plays the game like any Liverpool supporter would if ever given the privilege of wearing the famous red shirt. 100% committed, would run through a brick wall for the cause and you know he is one player who can look into the mirror after every game and knows he has put an honest shift and more than earned his weekly wage. If only every Liverpool player possessed his passion and drive at times, we would have won the Premier League title years ago.

Carragher has been on the end of a right bashing this season, from supporters, the media and ex-players. I have to concede that he has been disappointing, a liability at times, but to write someone off on the back of a bad start to the season is a poor practice in my opinion, especially a player of Carragher's standing. He deserves greater respect and more time than any other player, to turn it around.

Fortunately for Liverpool supporters' is that JC is acutely aware that his standards have slipped this season and has shown a great amount of honesty about it in this morning's papers and is determined to work his way through it. My great fear was that perhaps his pride would prevent him taking any responsibility for the team's shaky displays at the back, but he has decided to stand up and be counted. Admitting when something is wrong goes a long way to finding a solution to make it right and I suppose I shouldn't have expected anything less from the guy. It is a shame a few of his teammates cannot hold their hands up and admit that their own standards have slipped, but unfortunately they are not cut from the same cloth as the likes of JC.