Jamie Carragher DEFENDS Gary Neville for goading Liverpool fans after a last-minute Man United winner, but admits former team-mate went 'over the top' in a Merseyside derby... as he judges iconic celebrations after slamming Arsenal

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Jamie Carragher has defended Gary Neville for celebrating a last-minute Manchester United winner in front of Liverpool's travelling fans at Old Trafford during their playing careers, after slamming Arsenal's behaviour following their weekend win over the Reds.

Mikel Arteta's men beat Liverpool 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to put themselves firmly in the title race, but Carragher was not happy with the Gunners' celebrations after the final whistle.

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard was seen having fun with the club photographer and taking a picture of him, and Carragher reacted by saying: 'Just get down the tunnel. You've won a game, three points, you've been brilliant. Back in the title race, get down the tunnel. I'm serious, honestly.'

He has now cast his eye over some of the Premier League's most iconic celebrations, and surprisingly offered his support to fellow Sky Sports pundit Neville.

Back in January 2006, Rio Ferdinand scored a last-gasp winner to seal a 1-0 victory for United over Liverpool, and Neville responded by animatedly punching the air in front of the Liverpool fans and showing them the United badge on his shirt. But Carragher has admitted he had every reason to enjoy the moment.

Jamie Carragher accused Arsenal of over-celebrating after beating Liverpool, as Martin Odegaard took a picture of the club photographer after the game

Jamie Carragher accused Arsenal of over-celebrating after beating Liverpool, as Martin Odegaard took a picture of the club photographer after the game

Jamie Carragher accused Arsenal of over-celebrating after beating Liverpool, as Martin Odegaard took a picture of the club photographer after the game

Carragher has now taken a look at some of the Premier League's most iconic celebrations

Carragher has now taken a look at some of the Premier League's most iconic celebrations

He has defended Gary Neville for celebrating in front of Liverpool's fan after Man United scored a last-minute winner against them in 2006

He has defended Gary Neville for celebrating in front of Liverpool's fan after Man United scored a last-minute winner against them in 2006

'I'm going to say that was an acceptable celebration,' Carragher told Sky Sports.

'It's the last minute of the game, your biggest rivals, and I can't actually say what the Liverpool supporters were singing to him! So, he's well within his rights for the celebration.'

Neville was subsequently fined £5,000 for the celebration and warned about his future conduct by the FA, but later admitted he'd 'gladly pay it again a hundred times'.

Carragher was not best pleased with some other celebrations, though, and even called out his former team-mate Luis Suarez for going 'over the top' in a Merseyside derby.

Suarez opened the scoring at Goodison Park during a 2-2 draw in October 2012, and proceeded to run over to Everton boss David Moyes before diving in front of him.

Carragher explained the context of the incident, but conceded Suarez was in the wrong.

'I would say this is a bit over the top,' he said. 'We actually spoke about this before the game because David Moyes has said he goes to ground too early. Look at Moyesy coming out to the edge of his technical area! 

Carragher has admitted Luis Suarez diving in front of David Moyes in 2012 was 'over the top'

Carragher has admitted Luis Suarez diving in front of David Moyes in 2012 was 'over the top'

But Carragher had no problem with Jurgen Klopp running on the pitch to celebrate with Alisson after Liverpool's late winner against Everton in 2018

But Carragher had no problem with Jurgen Klopp running on the pitch to celebrate with Alisson after Liverpool's late winner against Everton in 2018

'I would say that was an over-celebration from Luis Suarez because it was so early in the game.'

Another Merseyside derby moment cropped up, with Jurgen Klopp running on the pitch to celebrate with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson after Divock Origi's dramatic late winner at Anfield in 2018.

This time, Carragher refused to criticise Klopp, having also been on commentary at the time when that goal went in.

'It's the last minute of a Merseyside derby, this is acceptable,' he insisted.

'One of the great celebrations in Premier League history. And the commentary as well!'

He was also happy with his own celebration against Fulham in 2006, describing it as 'quite restrained' as he raised his arms aloft, and backed Steven Gerrard for kissing the camera after slotting home a penalty against United at Old Trafford in 2014.

But he was far from happy with Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor running the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of his former club Arsenal's fans in September 2009.

'This is an over-celebration, this is bang out of order,' he claimed.

'To run from one end of the pitch to the other because you've got sold or you've had a bit of stick from the supporters, that's way over the top. That's nearly inciting a riot that, look at them.'

He also wasn't complimentary of Michail Antonio - who joined Carragher on Monday Night Football for City's 3-1 win at Brentford last night - after he held up a cardboard cut-out of himself following a goal.

'Yeah, that's an over-celebration, isn't it? To go and get the cardboard cut-out of yourself made days before, bring it to the game making sure someone's got it in the right position. Probably swapping ends whichever end you're attacking. 

Carragher believes Emmanuel Adebayor was 'bang out of order' for running the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of Arsenal's supporters in 2009

Carragher believes Emmanuel Adebayor was 'bang out of order' for running the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of Arsenal's supporters in 2009

Carragher described Jimmy Bullard's choreographed celebration after scoring a penalty for Hull against City as potentially 'the best celebration we've ever seen in the Premier League'

Carragher described Jimmy Bullard's choreographed celebration after scoring a penalty for Hull against City as potentially 'the best celebration we've ever seen in the Premier League'

'I mean, being the top scorer for West Ham, is that really something you get a cardboard cut-out for? West Ham top goalscorer, who are you competing with, really?! Not for me.'

Carragher did reserve special praise for Jimmy Bullard's celebration at City in 2009, when he reacted to scoring a penalty for Hull City by wagging his finger at his team-mates as they sat on the floor, mocking manager Phil Brown after he gave his team talk on the pitch the previous season when his side were 4-0 down at half time at the Etihad Stadium.

'This might be the best celebration we've ever seen in the Premier League,' he stated.

'It goes back to Phil Brown having a pop at the players, brilliant. Jimmy Bullard's was not an over-celebration, that was a brilliant celebration. 

'It was a choreographed celebration, wasn't it? It's been worked out before in the team meeting. You normally have a team meeting to go through your set-pieces or how you're going to get the goal, not how you're going to celebrate it. So, I'm with Jimmy Bullard.'

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