Jamie Carragher has joked he will “never be friends” with his Sky Sports side-kick Gary Neville, after developing an unexpected bond with his one-time rival in recent years.
Speaking to TEAMtalk, Liverpool legend Carragher admitted he is a big admirer of former Manchester United star Neville and has enjoyed working with him on Sky.
However, he joked their partnership does not extend to a bond away from the cameras.
“Me and Gary Neville will never be friends! We’ve never been friends and we never will be,” Carragher said.
Carragher’s verbal jabs were backed up by warm words for Neville, pinpointing the former full-back’s huge workload of several businesses including hotels and the University Academy 92 in Manchester.
“Gary is a lunatic in the nicest possible sense,” Carragher added. “He has a million things going on and I don’t know how he copes himself and how Emma [his wife] copes. He is just a bundle of energy.
“I was on a show with him the other day and the show started at 9am. He actually texted at four in the morning. That is the type of guy he is. Who is up at 4am in the morning? That’s the type of fella he is. He’s always on the go and that’s why we all love him.
“He is a brilliant pundit. When we came to Sky, he had just finished at Manchester United with Alex Ferguson and he brought that element of coming from Alex Ferguson and Manchester United’s dressing room to Sky with his analysis.
“He did a brilliant job on Monday Night Football and then I joined him a few years later.”
LIVERPOOL SET TO LIFT PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY
Neville has confirmed that he will not be present at Anfield on Wednesday night as Liverpool are presented with the Premier League trophy, as he will be working on United’s game against West Ham earlier in the evening.
Liverpool will be presented with the trophy on a stage built for the occasion on The Kop after Wednesday night’s game against Chelsea, it has been revealed.
Captain Jordan Henderson will receive the trophy from a presentation party that will include Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish on a stage that has been built at Anfield, with club officials doing all they can to make the moment special despite the absence of fans inside the stadium.
The Premier League has also allowed selected family members of the players to attend the celebrations after a request from Liverpool officials.
Sky Sports will screen Liverpool’s final home game of the Premier League season on Wednesday and the trophy presentation that will follow the final whistle.