Jamie Carragher says the Harry Kane transfer saga reminds him of Steven Gerrard’s dismal move from Liverpool to Chelsea in 2005.
Gerrard, who had just won the Champions League, filed a transfer request to Anfield, amid interest from Premier League champion Jose Mourinho.
His head, like Kane’s, had been turned by the trophies on offer.
The Tottenham forward, in an apparent attempt to move, failed to show up for training on Monday and Tuesday as current Premier League champions Manchester City are reportedly interested in signing him.
But Carragher, who was good friends with Gerrard at Liverpool, insists there are things that are more important than winning trophies.
“My advice to Stevie [Gerrard] then was: ‘You’re going to come back to town, your kids are going to be Liverpool fans, you are loved, don’t spoil it for a move,’ “Carragher told The Telegraph.
“He thought a lot about the damage to his reputation and that’s what made him back down. He knew Chelsea were better than Liverpool and that he was going to win more trophies.
“We’ve all done it, just as we know Manchester City have won and will continue to win more than Tottenham. But sometimes some things are special and you don’t spoil those special things.
“I know people always say, ‘But Gerrard never won the championship.’ But I think what he did was more important than winning the league.
“A local player, a man from a club, a Liverpool legend, arguably the greatest player in his history, all of these things matter. They are special.
“And he’s seen a lot better in the world right now because of that than if he’d gone to Chelsea and won two or three league titles.”
Now a manager in Scotland, Gerrard won the first Scottish Premiership title from Rangers in 10 years last season.
And Carragher believes Gerrard’s decision not to leave the Reds all those years ago means he could one day return to the club as manager – something that would not have happened had he joined Chelsea.
“I would say that due to Stevie’s decision to stay there is almost a guarantee at some point in his career that he will end up leading Liverpool.
“If he had gone to Chelsea by then, would he still be in a position where he could potentially succeed Jurgen Klopp?”
“Don’t ruin your reputation. It matters. “
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