Tuesday 16 May
Updated Tuesday 16 May 10:44
Opinion

Carragher lauds AC wonder goal

 

  • Jamie Carragher says Andy Carroll's overhead kick was the Premier League’s Goal of the Season
  • Ex-Liverpool man and Carroll's former teammate is now a pundit on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football
  • Carroll netted wonder goal in West Ham United's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace in January

Monday Night Football pundit and former England defender Jamie Carragher says Andy Carroll’s spectacular overhead kick should have been named the Premier League’s Goal of the Season.

The ex-Liverpool man was effusive in his praise for his former teammate’s acrobatic finish in West Ham United’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace at London Stadium in January.

However, viewers of the popular Sky Sports show voted for a similar piece of skill from another Reds player, midfielder Emre Can, who scored with his own overhead kick against Watford on 1 May.

Carragher and fellow panellist Gary Neville, who picked a scorpion kick from Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud against Crystal Palace as his own favourite, disagreed with the result of the supporters’ poll.

"I've gone for Andy Carroll as my Goal of the Season – the overhead kick,” said Carragher, whose own-goal put the Hammers in front in the 2006 FA Cup final.

“This is better than Emre Can's overhead kick from a couple of weeks ago. I've played with Andy Carroll and he's not the most subtle of men, so to get himself up like that and it's how hard he hits it really.

“I don't even know why the goalkeeper dived to be honest. There’s power, connection and it's right in the top corner. It's an unbelievable goal.”

I've played with Andy Carroll and he's not the most subtle of men, so to get himself up like that and it's how hard he hits it really

Jamie Carragher

Andy CarrollThe strike was voted the Premier League’s Goal of the Month for January – beating Giroud’s scorpion kick – and came at the end of a superb build-up which included a pinpoint pass from Aaron Cresswell, a neat piece of skill from Manuel Lanzini and a cross from Michail Antonio that just begged to be hit – and it was!

“As soon as I hit it I knew it was in, I got a good connection and knew it would hit the back of the net,” said the striker. “It’s definitely the best goal I’ve ever scored, one I’m very proud of.

“I enjoy every goal I score, but that one was certainly a little bit more special – I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of watching that one back!”

Carroll’s overhead was just one of a number spectacular goals he has netted in Claret and Blue.

Who can forget the individual control and rasping finish at Swansea City in January 2015? The towering header to see off champions Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground in October 2015? Or the unforgettable hat-trick against Arsenal at the same venue in April 2016?

The No9 does not score tap-ins, and Jamie Carragher clearly believes the Hammers centre forward should have been recognised for the best of the bunch.