Ex-Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand branded Liverpool a “small club” as they fell at the hands of Gary O’ Neill’s struggling South Coast outfit.
Carragher has since revealed he took the jibe from his ex-international teammate as a joke.
Ferdinand, following the Red’s defeat to relegation-threatened Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon, slammed Liverpool as he was delighted with their loss.
He termed Liverpool, on his VIBE with FIVE podcast, as a club with a ‘small club mentality’ after the celebrations that erupted following the Merseysider’s dismantling of his former side, Manchester United.
“Liverpool fans talk to me please now. My mates on the Whatsapp groups, all Liverpool fans. Up the Cherries, liberties, seriously. That is a small club mentality isn’t it, that screams small club,” he exclaimed.
“Screaming and celebrating when they beat Man United the way they did and they battered us, hands up. The way Souness and Carragher were celebrating, the way they were trying to antagonise the guys.
“Then their team goes and does that at the weekend, should be ashamed of themselves. Liverpool ain’t finishing in the Champions League I don’t think. They’re going to get slapped (by Real Madrid), they’re going to get hurt.” the former Manchester United defender added.
Understandably, the backlash Ferdinand received from Liverpool fans was what you would have expected.
He tried to diffuse the situation as he took to his Twitter account to calm the brewing storm.
He wrote: “Liverpool fans stop tweeting me with anger… it was tongue in cheek ffs!”
It’s good to see the camaraderie between two friends behind the scenes and that Carragher took it as a light-hearted comment, and even handing the United icon a response in the form of a Twitter reply.
The 100 emoji and two laughing faces was enough from Carragher to sweep the jibe under the carpet.