On this day in 1997 Jamie Carragher made his Liverpool debut in a 2-1 loss against Middlesbrough.
Going into the League Cup 5th round tie, Carragher was named on the bench by Liverpool manager, Roy Evans, who fielded a side featuring the likes of Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler and Jason McAteer. Carragher was brought on in the final 15 minutes at the Riverside Stadium, although the young scouser was unable to make a difference and the match ended 2-1 in favour of the hosts, Middlesbrough.
A disappointing start to his Liverpool career perhaps, but as time went on Carra established himself as a regular at Anfield, anchoring the defensive line and playing an integral part in some massive games for Liverpool, most notably the 2005 Champions League final victory over AC Milan whereby he saved the Reds from defeat on more than one occasion.
A man of only one club, Carragher stayed with Liverpool throughout the entirety of his 17-year career, winning 11 major honours with the Reds, making a total of 737 appearances and scoring 4 goals in that time.
Since his retirement from football, Carragher has gone on to work as a pundit for Sky Sports. As well as this, he has also worked tirelessly to give back to the community that gave him so much with his ’23 Foundation’, working with various charities to help the children of Merseyside.