‘Do we bring Jamie Carragher back if Liverpool don’t qualify for Champions League?’: Kate Abdo leaves Micah Richards in stitches with dig at Reds legend on CBS – and suggests he’s only needed for Europa League next season
- Presenter Kate Abdo made a joke at Jamie Carragher’s expense on CBS Sports
- She said he may not be used as a pundit if Liverpool don’t finish in the top four
- Ex-Liverpool defender was working with Abdo in the studio for Real Madrid game
- Abdo then joked he could help cover Liverpool in the Europa League next year
Kate Abdo left the CBS Sports studio in stitches with a jibe at Jamie Carragher by suggesting that he could be axed from his role as a pundit if Liverpool fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Carragher has worked in the studio as part of CBS Sport’s Champions League coverage for much of this campaign and was on punditry duty for Liverpool’s quarter-final second-leg draw with Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
The goalless stalemate at Anfield meant Madrid progressed to the semi-finals -having won the first leg in Spain 3-1 – and condemned Liverpool to their first trophyless season in three years.
Kate Abdo (far left) joked whether CBS Sports would need to use Jamie Carragher (second right) as a pundit next season if Liverpool don’t qualify for the Champions League
Carragher was quick to defend himself, quipping they’d lose half of their viewers if he left
Jurgen Klopp’s men are also in danger of not reaching next year’s Champions League, with West Ham currently three points above them in fourth place in the Premier League, and fifth-placed Chelsea two points in front.
CBS Sports presenter Abdo questioned whether the broadcaster would need to bring back ex-Liverpool defender Carragher next season if Klopp’s side weren’t a part of the competition, much to the amusement of his fellow pundits Micah Richards and Peter Schmeichel.
‘Do we bring Jamie Carragher back if Liverpool don’t qualify for Champions League?’ asked Abdo.
‘Whoa whoa whoa, hey, hey, do you want to lose half your viewers,’ Carragher said laughing.
Micah Richards (right) found the back-and-forth hilarious and erupted with laughter when Abdo said he could work on Thursday nights, suggesting Liverpool will be in Europa League
Abdo quick-wittedly replied: ‘Thursday night there is a slot available,’ implying that Liverpool might be in the Europa League next campaign, leaving Richards laughing and applauding.
‘This will come back to haunt you. You’ll be begging for me to come back,’ Carragher joked back.
The former England international, who primarily works for Sky Sports, is one of the most respected pundits in the game, and has established a vaunted – and at times comical – partnership with Gary Neville.
Carragher and Neville made headlines last week when they argued over whether Trent Alexander-Arnold should start for England at this summer’s Euro 2020 finals live on TV and then continued to disagreed with another in the car park and in the taxi journey home.
Liverpool are now out of the Champions League and are in danger of missing out on top four
Since that debate Alexander-Arnold’s form has picked up, following up last weekend’s late winner against Aston Villa with an impressive performance against Madrid.
Speaking about the Liverpool right-back after Wednesday’s stalemate, Carragher said: ‘I thought Trent was outstanding. Nat Phillips was brilliant as well.
‘These are the two players that got a lot of criticism in the first leg. Certainly on that first goal. But again, they were excellent.
‘Trent, again, on the back of his performance in the first leg where he was really poor. I thought he was outstanding defensively and offensively. And with better finishing, he could have had a couple of assists.’
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