Retiring Liverpool star Jamie Carragher claims he would run away if he was asked to take a penalty in his final game against QPR.
The veteran defender is calling time on his 16-year career after Sunday’s game with already relegated Rangers at Anfield, and he doesn’t want anything to blot the day.
Carragher claims he couldn’t cope with the pressure of taking and converting a penalty in front of the Reds’ famous Kop, even if the team are cruising towards a home victory.
When the scenario was put to him by reporters, the former England international was quick to dismiss the idea out of hand, with a clean sheet and a good solid performance no doubt at the forefront of his mind, on what is sure to be an emotional occasion for him.
He said: “No, imagine missing that on your last game and going for a pint after the game and people say, ‘You missed a penalty in your last game!
“I’m not the type of person who likes that but it’s going to be like that isn’t it? I just don’t want it to overshadow the game. I just want this game to go well and if it doesn’t it’ll annoy me after the game.”
The 35-year-old has long known that he would be hanging up his boots at the end of the season, having decided over 12 months ago, even though Carragher didn’t make his thoughts public until February.
However, he has been living in fears for the last few weeks that he would miss his own send-off with a mistimed tackle or an errant handball, potentially ruling the centre-back out of the clash with Rangers in what will be his 737th appearance for the club.
He added: “Before the Fulham game, someone texted me and said ‘don’t get sent off’ so I had a word with Mark Halsey before kick-off.
“I just said ‘if I’m misbehaving or whatever, get them to bring me off’. He said ‘don’t handball it on the line or do a professional foul and you’ll be all right’.
“I thought, imagine if you end up missing your last game through being suspended.”
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