By Harry Sykes
Jamie Carragher doesn’t need much of an excuse to take a dig at Liverpool’s bitter rivals Everton – and one of his rare goals is a good enough reason.
12 years ago to the day, Liverpool beat Lithuanian side FBK Kaunas 3-1 away in a Champions League qualifier, and Carragher scored his only European goal for the club in the victory.
That was in 2005, shortly after Liverpool famously won the Champions League, staging an epic comeback against AC Milan after being 3-0 down at half-time.
However, they were forced to qualify after they finished outside the top four and Everton, who finished fourth, complained to UEFA that they should be in the competition.
In his Instagram post, Carragher said: “A Liverpool goal! On this day in 2005 against Kaunas in a CL qualifier. Even though we had won the CL, we had to qualify because Everton complained so much to UEFA that it was unfair to replace them and then they never qualified themselves.”
He rounded the post off with a winking smiley face.
Everton entered the competition in the third qualifying round and lost 4-2 on aggregate to Spanish side Villareal, and were left to rue a controversial decision by referee Pierluigi Collina.
Liverpool beat CSKA Sofia in the third qualifying round, won their group (which included Chelsea), but went out to Benfica in the Round of 16.
Everton haven’t featured in the Champions League since.
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