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THERE was much for Liverpool fans to enjoy during Euro 2012. Whether it was the driving performances of Steven Gerrard as he led the (ultimately ill-fated) England charge, Andy Carroll's announcement on the international stage, or the quietly reassuring form of Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger, Reds fans have had plenty to keep them interested over the past fortnight.
And not just on the pitch, either.
The great punditry debate is one which increasingly rears its head at major international tournaments, as BBC and ITV battled for ratings.
The common consensus this summer is that it was ITV who, surprisingly, stole a march on their BBC rivals. Not since the 1970 World Cup, and the invention of 'the panel' has this happened.
Key to that, surely, was the presence of Jamie Carragher in the ITV studio.
The Liverpool defender provided excellent value for money with his forthright, yet thoughtful, opinions, his tactical insights and his refusal to yield to the domineering Roy Keane.
His display, a stark contrast to the blissful ignorance and golf club humour of some of his BBC counterparts, served merely to confirm the widely-held belief that the 34-year-old will make a smooth transition from playing to management, when the time comes.
If Carragher has his way, of course, that time will be some way away yet. He outlines his stance in a candid interview with the Norwegian writer Ragnhild Lund Ansnes for a new book 'Liverpool FC Heroes'.
“I've been involved with football since I was a kid, and I've always loved the game,” Carragher says. “Reading about football, watching football, playing football – it's a massive part of me.
“I love watching all kinds of football, not just Liverpool. I've never really been interested in anything outside football, but I think that's helped me as a footballer.
“Many people my age look forward to the day they retire and can finally get some rest. I just want to play as much as possible before I finish; I know I'll be devastated when I have to stop.
“For 20 years I've been doing the same thing, and the day I'm not doing this again will be really strange. We're at Melwood every day, and that's what I'll miss the most when I quit.”
It has long been assumed that Carragher's post-playing career will take him into management. Team-mates describe him as a “football-obsessive”, who takes a great interest in the technical side of the game.
It is a tag Carragher is happy to wear.
“I love information and the statistics, they help me see new things,” he adds. “Every manager does it his way. Rafa (Benitez) was very much into analytics and statistics, whereas Kenny (Dalglish) isn't.
“But it all comes down to winning. Whatever you do, if you win, it's declared the right method. And whatever you do, if you lose, it's wrong.
“I don't think the manager's job has changed.
“Maybe there's a bigger squad now, maybe there are more people from different countries, and maybe that changes it slightly. But you still have to pick 11 players, give them belief and bring out the best in them. That's man management.”
The book, which also features in-depth interviews with the likes of Kevin Keegan, John Barnes and Robbie Fowler, among others, offers an interesting, and at-times fresh, insight into Carragher's psyche.
He is well, aware, for example, of the part the media, plays in the modern game. He knows that every decision he makes is under intense scrutiny.
“I think the game is massive now,” he says. “There is so much more public opinion from supporters and the press, from agents and managers.
“You have Sky Sports News and the internet, where everybody has an opinion about the club and players. Previously, there were only a few to disagree with the choices made by a club or player. Now, people all over the world have their say. This creates enormous pressure when you make a career decision.
“Players are coming and going – but hopefully it won't be me!”
The full interview with Jamie Carragher, and the thoughts of the likes of Kevin Keegan, John Barnes, Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler, are within 'Liverpool FC Heroes', written by Ragnhild Lund Ansnes, and available in store. RRP £16.99 Only £11.04 (a discount of 35%) on www.merseyshop.com.