Villa staff ‘blocked’ Carragher seeing Steven Gerrard on night of Liverpool win

Jamie Carragher was hilariously blocked from entering Steven Gerrard's office prior to Liverpool's crucial Premier League clash against Aston Villa.

The Sky Sports pundit, 44, was on commentary duty as the Reds looked to pile the pressure on rivals Manchester City in the race for the title. Keen to take in the scenes before kick-off, Carragher filmed a seven-minute behind-the-scenes video for his Instagram as well as taking score predictions from some Villans staff.

But when jaunting down the tunnel to catch a glimpse of the trophy cabinet – while also making a wry jibe at City by stating only "big clubs" have won the European cup – the ex-Reds defender encountered a problem.

One club official pointed out that his purple-zone pass only allowed him access to the pitch and the gantry and did not permit him to roam around near the dressing rooms. Though eager to save face, Carragher explained he was "Steven Gerrard's mate" and just wanted to pop in to have a catch-up.

"He said it was alright, is that not OK?" asked Carragher. But the employee was unable to allow him to visit his former team-mate as he did not have the required accreditation.

Thinking on his feet, the pundit then came up with the cunning plan to phone Gerrard and get him to give the all-clear down the line. "If he says it's OK then that will be fine," was the official's response before Carragher promptly exited the tunnel and ended the Instagram video.

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While unable to have a pre-match chat, Carragher will surely have been the happier of the two ex-Reds following the full-time whistle. Despite taking the lead inside three minutes, Villa's scrappy opener was cancelled out in similar fashion as Joel Matip tapped home inside the six-yard box.

The Reds dominated possession from that point forward but Jurgen Klopp's men were wasteful with the few chances they did manufacture. The home side did have opportunities themselves – Danny Ings headed wide from a free-kick at 1-1 and also fluffed a glorious chance in the dying minutes, to snatch a point, when played through by Ollie Watkins.

In the end, it was a moment of brilliance that proved the deciding factor. A quick Liverpool breakaway saw Luis Diaz race clear and lift an inch-perfect delivery for Sadio Mane, who expertly guided it into the bottom corner.

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