Jamie Carragher marked the 20-year anniversary of his first Liverpool goal on Twitter on Wednesday, declaring – “I fooled you all!”
The legendary former Reds star was named in midfield by manager Roy Evans in a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on January 18 1997, and opened the scoring with a second-half header.
An unmarked Carragher nodded home from Stig Inge Bjornebye’s corner to give the Reds the lead before Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler added goals of their own to give the Reds the points.
20 years ago today I fooled you all! https://t.co/RZi2gYQH6J
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 18, 2017
The goal against Villa was just Carragher’s second appearance for the club, and many fans may have been forgiven for thinking the emerging youngster was a goalscoring midfielder.
However, despite heading home like a natural in front of the Kop two decades ago, Carragher added just four more to his collection, and retired with just five goals in 737 appearances for the Reds.
? #OnThisDay in 1997…
"The teenager has done it!"
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 18, 2017
20 years ago today I fooled you all!” tweeted Carragher.
However, what Carragher lacked in goalscoring prowess, he made up for elsewhere, and the centre-back retired in 2013 in second on the club’s all-time appearance list with two FA Cups, three League Cups, the UEFA Cup and the Champions League in his medal collection.