Jamie Carragher Explains Row With Alvaro Arbeloa

The Reds defender has revealed why he clashed with his team-mate at the Hawthorns today...

Liverpool ensured West Bromwich Albion's relegation from the Premier League today, with a 2-0 victory in the Black Country that was marked by an on-field disagreement between Jamie Carragher and Alvaro Arbeloa.

Carragher revealed after the match that the motivation behind the row had been the team's determination to ensure that goalkeeper Pepe Reina won the Golden Glove award for the keeper with the highest number of clean sheets.

"We can't win the league now but there are a number of targets we can aim for," he told Liverpool's official website.

"We want to keep a clean sheet and we want Pepe to have a chance of the Golden Glove for the third season running. Pepe is one behind Van der Sar now and there's a chance Van der Sar won't play next week, so we wanted to make sure he got a clean sheet today.

"To be honest we were a bit lackadaisical in our defending all through the game and they had too many chances.

"Maybe we took it a bit too easy and let them attack us too much, but that was one of the toughest games I've played in all season. We go all over Europe playing top teams and we play against the best sides in this country, but that was one of the hardest games we've had."

Carragher is hoping to end the club's title drought next season, even though it is his belief that the challenge is stiffened by the ultra-high-quality sides competing in England.

"It's hard to win the Premier League because our top four sides plus Barcelona probably make up the best five sides in Europe. That's the challenge we face," he explained.

"You can look at the statistics from this season and it's impressive that we've only lost two games and scored lots of goals, but United have got more points than us and credit to them because that's what matters.

"We have to make sure we finish second now and win our last game of the season next weekend."

Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield in their concluding fixture of the campaign next weekend.

Zack Wilson,

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