Jamie Carragher calls referee “absolute joke” as he remembers Liverpool derby victory


Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher called former referee Jeff Winter an “absolute joke” after his 2001 Merseyside derby.

The former official handed a total of 12 yellow cards – and one red to Igor Biscan – during Liverpool’s clash with Everton which took place 19 years ago today.

It was an eventful derby match that ended 3-2 at Goodison Park after a final free kick from Gary McAllister.

Recalling the match with Steven Gerrard on Sky Sports, Carragher also explained how crucial the Scottish winning goal would prove to be as Liverpool won a famous triple and safe qualification for the Champions League.

Gerrard said, “I was injured that day. Thank goodness too after Gary Mac finished because I think he played instead of me, let’s take this! “

Carragher added: “I never gave the penalty. It was Jeff Winter, an absolute joke. Always about him.

“There is no better way for a team to win a derby match than a last minute match.

“The funny thing about Gary McAllister’s free kick was that he had had something similar five minutes before. He put a cross and Sami Hyypia forced the goalkeeper to make a good save. because it is in exactly the same position.

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“I think we would have killed Gary if he had just fallen into the custodian’s hands. To take a hit there, we couldn’t really believe it, but he got away with it. “

The 42-year-old continued, “It has been a huge result for us this season because I think a few days before we played in Leeds and Stevie was kicked out. Leeds beat us and we were leaving for the Champions League so we had to win this match.

“This is the game we won and we won two trophies and luckily finished in the Champions League. It was a vital goal. “


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