Jamie Carragher Coaching Liverpool’s youngsters to win competitions!
After a great start to his Career in Liverpools first team, Andre Wisdom puts some of his success down to the influence and training methods of Jamie Carragher. Andre Wisdom started at the Liverpool youth academy at the age of 14 and says the veteran defender always tried to pass on his knowledge of the game to all the young players even then and his influence can still be felt now!
The 19-year-old defender is enjoying his maiden campaign for the Reds, making 19 appearances since emerging from the academy, including four games in the Europa League, Brendan Rodgers was hoping for a competition winin the Europa League to slavage something from a promising yet unfulfilled first season in charge at Anfield. The side exited the Competition recently after an away goals defeat!
FOLLOWING IN HIS FOOTSTEPS?
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"I was in the Under-16s," Wisdom told the official club magazine. "I remember Carragher taking some of our sessions as part of his coaching qualifications. From there I progressed through the ranks.
"To now be playing with him is great. I learned a lot from him back then and I'm still learning a lot from him now. He's still coaching me in training.
"In fact, I think he coaches everyone. He passes on so much information that he's almost doing the job of a coach already."
It’s sad that Jamie Carragher will not see one more competition win with the club he has been at all his life, but most players can only dream of the trophies he has in his cabinet!
Usually players coming through the ranks at a club like Liverpool are eased into the first team, but because of the lack of depth in the squad and injuries, some of the up and coming players have had to endure a baptism of fire as they have been fast tracked to the first team. Wisdom seems to be one of the players who has handled the transition well! Normally the Europa League is a great place to blood new players and because a competition win is not expected they can usually find their feet without too much pressure.
"In each of the games I've played someone has tried to wind me up or intimidate me," he said. "It doesn't work because I can look after myself. I enjoy giving banter back too.
"When I was younger my physical attributes would sometimes get me out of trouble. In the Premier League you can't rely on those as much because a lot of the players are big, strong and quick. You have to be good both technically and tactically. Those are areas I'm always working on."
Wisdom featured at right back for most of his appearances this year but has shown his versatility in switching to the centre of defence when needed!
It is a position Wisdom knows well, having played there frequently for the youth sides, but he insists he does not have a preference, as long as he is playing for the Reds.
"A lot of people have asked if I'll play centre-back in a few years' time," he explained. "I just want to be on the pitch.
"Honestly, I'll play anywhere. I played right-wing for the U18s and I could play in goal if I had to."