Carragher: It was a terrible tackle

Defender admits shine was taken off Liverpool’s win over Man Utd

Liverpool beat their arch-rivals 3-1 at Anfield courtesy of Dirk

Kuyt’s hat-trick, but the win was marred by Carragher’s challenge

on Nani just before half-time. The experienced defender caught the

United winger just below the knee and left a deep gash in the

Portugal international’s leg. Nani later criticised Carragher for

the challenge, although he was able to make a quicker than expected

return to action for United. Carragher was only booked for the

tackle, but was relieved that Nani did not suffer a serious injury

as a result of the challenge. “It was a terrible tackle,” Carragher

told Goals on Sunday. “I apologised to the lad after the game. I

think he was training again after a week, fortunately. “He’s been

one of the best players this year – not just at Man Utd but in the

league. “I’d just gone to full-back and he’d just switched sides.

I’m not stupid – I know Fergie was thinking ‘Let’s get at him’. “So

I thought I’d try and get as tight as I could. He slightly

mis-controlled the ball and I thought I could get it. “We beat Man

Utd, great win – but it took the shine off it a bit later on when I

watched it. “I spoke to Michael Owen a few days later to find out

how the lad was doing and I was pleased he was okay.”