Robbie Fowler: Liverpool's Champions League triumph in Istanbul 'epitomises' Jamie Carragher

Reds icon deserves testimonial recognition...
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler believes that Jamie Carragher deserves his testimonial against Everton for his years of devoted service at Anfield.

Fowler feels that Carragher's never-say-die attitude and defensive committment were best exemplified by the centre-back's performance in Liverpool's win over AC Milan at the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul.

"The Champions League final is as big as it gets in club football and I think that night in Istanbul epitomises what he is all about," Fowler told the Reds' official website.

"He was going down with cramp every couple of minutes in extra-time but he just kept getting up and was determined to see it through to the end.

"He put in a great performance and some of his blocks and last-ditch tackles were effectively match-winning challenges in hindsight.

"To be honest, I don't think I can add anything to all of the high accolades he has already received. He's been a fantastic servant and a terrific player, and to single him out for just one performance is a little bit unfair because he plays at 110 per cent every game."

He added: "There's no question that he deserves it [the testimonial]. I'm not 100 per cent sure, but I think most of the gate is going to charity as well, so in this day and age that's a fair call.

"He's been at the one club for his whole career and you don't need me to tell you that it is a tremendous achievement. It speaks volume not just about him as a person but as a player as well."

Fowler feels it's unfair to try and compare Carragher to the greats of the past at Anfield, and feels that the defender has carved his own niche in Liverpool's history.

"It's hard to compare people to previous players because we are talking about different eras and everyone has their own attributes," he added.

"Let's talk about the future and hopefully we will have youngsters aspiring to be the new Jamie Carragher instead of referring to a 'new' Alan Hansen or a 'new' Mark Lawrenson.

"Jamie's done very well at Liverpool and there's no higher compliment for him than for parents of young lads going into the game hoping that he can go on and be the next Jamie Carragher because he's definitely up there with the Hansens of this world."

Fowler, now playing for Perth Glory in Australia's A League, won't be able to make the testimonial, but is sure that a great day will be enjoyed by all who attend.

"Obviously I'm over here in Australia and the league season has just got underway. As much as I would like to take up the invite to play, I think I'll struggle to be there to be honest," he explained.

"It's a shame but I'm sure it'll be a great day."

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