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Jamie Carragher was unable to resist aiming a lighthearted barb at old foe Peter Schmeichel whilst the pair were on punditry duties for Tuesday evening’s Champions League fixtures.
The pair have featured on the European competition’s coverage on US broadcaster CBS for some time together, with the two former professionals frequently recalling the Manchester United-Liverpool rivalry in their banter.
But this time, Carragher had to put in a little work to make the treble-winning goalkeeper the butt of the joke.
Schmiechel praised the Arsenal legend, saying: ‘I’m so happy for you and your new job. It’s going to be exciting to follow. You can coach at the Olympics.’
Jamie Carragher didn’t pass up the opportunity to get a joke in on CBS’ Champions Leauge programming on Tuesday evening
The Liverpool legend was quick to tease former Man United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel
The ribbing came during a conversation congratulating Thierry Henry on his new role with France’s U21 side
As Henry was thanking his former Premier League rival – and being called out by co-host Micah Richards for ‘blushing’ at the compliments – Schmeichel then suggested that he might join him as his assistant manager.
Ready to let rip, Carragher swooped in with a jibe, laughingly adding: ‘(Schmeichel would) be the only assistant in history to have a longer team talk than the manager!’
But rather than rise to the bait, Schmeichel admitted: ‘Yeah, probably, yeah’, in agreement with the former Liverpool man.
The latest round of gentle teasing between the two men comes on the heels of an incident in March which saw Carragher, who featured for the Reds for 17 years – revel in the infamous 7-0 scoreline when Man United met Liverpool at Anfield.
The ex-defender gleefully tried to bring up the number seven as much as possible in conversation ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund to the former goalkeeper, even bringing a can of 7-Up with him into the studio.
Carragher highlighted the date – ‘the seventh of March’ as well as a potential ‘seven-figure’ price-tag for then-Dortmund starlet Jude Bellingham.
Continuing to rib Schmeichel, who made 400 appearances during his United career, Carragher continued, asking him: ‘Peter, you’re going to be at AC Milan tomorrow, how big a problem would that be if they go out of the Champions League?
‘We are talking about the seven-time winners, I mean seven times winning the Champions League.’
As Carragher looked for increasingly inventive ways to bring up the Red Devils’ demolition on the road, Schmeichel eventually started to see the funny side in his line of enquiry.
After receiving everyone’s congratulations before kick-off, Henry went into a little more detail about why he had taken up the coaching job with France, which he will do alongside continuing his punditry duties for CBS.
Schmeichel previously had to take a volley of jibes about Man United’s 7-0 defeat to Liverpool during coverage of a Chelsea match last season
‘I’ve evolved since managing at Monaco, I’ve learned more empathy, to be more vulnerable with your players, and trust in my staff,’ Henry shared.
‘Yes I had my doubts (after Monaco), and that’s perfectly normal. When you’re on the bench and you have doubts, you see things differently. One thing is really important: you need time to put something in place.’
Henry took charge in the Principality for an uneven spell between October 2018 and January 2019 after working as the assistant coach for the Belgian national team.
The France legend saw more success managing Montreal Impact in MLS between 2019 and 2021, but the challenges of managing duing Covid-19 eventually forced him to walk away.
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