Carragher names Terry as best Premier League defender

Jamie Carragher has named Chelsea legend John Terry as the best defender of the Premier League era, claiming he was a “better version” of himself.

Carragher appeared on talkSPORT on Tuesday, claiming Manchester United should cash in on Paul Pogba and explaining why Jurgen Klopp should start Diogo Jota over Roberto Firmino.

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The Liverpool legend was also asked who his top five toughest opponents were.

Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi, Xavi and Paulo Maldini were joined by Terry in the top five, who Carragher claims doesn’t get the credit he deserves.

“For me he was the best centre back of the Premier League era,” Carragher said. “He was my type of player.  He was basically a better version of me to be honest.

“I think his football ability is massively underrated. He was a great player. When I was going through my list I didn’t have an English player and I wanted to get someone in there and I thought I’d go for John Terry as I couldn’t get Stevie [Gerrard] in!

“He could switch the ball 40/50 yards on his left foot. I always felt it was John Terry who was the defender and Rio Ferdinand was the footballer, but Rio was a much better defender than he was given credit for and I think John Terry was a much better footballer than he was given credit for.”

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