Jamie Carragher cracks ’emptihad’ joke to Micah Richards in brutal Man City dig

As a Liverpool legend and fan, Jamie Carragher knows how important the club’s passionate fanbase are.

When the players walk out onto the pitch at Anfield and touch the ‘This Is Anfield’ sign in the tunnel, there is an anticipation of the noise that will follow when they emerge.

The fans turn out in their thousands to sing You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Road and other famous anthems from down the years.

Even when the club lost their grip on the Premier League title to neighbours Manchester City last season, there is something that the Reds have that their North West neighbours will be jealous of.

And Carragher chose to poke fun at the English champions at the first available opportunity.

While he spends his weekends and Monday nights analysing the Premier League action for Sky Sports, Carragher can be found on CBS Sports’ Golazo show, which covers the midweek Champions League fixtures.

He was part of a star-studded lineup including former Arsenal star Thierry Henry and Micah Richards on Tuesday night to run the rule over Liverpool and Man City’s fixtures.

After going through the post-match analysis of their victories over Atletico Madrid and Club Brugge respectively, Carragher unusually found himself overcome with the giggles.

When quizzed by presenter Kate Abdo about which ground is the best on European nights, Carragher could barely contain himself as he burst out into laughter.

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Abdo asked for the answer for “best stadium atmosphere”, listing off Highbury, the Emirates, the Etihad or Anfield.

As Carragher guffawed, Richards called out his fellow pundit: “Why are you laughing? Don’t do me like that Jamie!”

And once the laughter died down, the former Reds defender delivered his one-liner to perfection: “The ‘Emptihad?’

No one likes a joke more than Sky Sports regular Micah Richards, but the ex-Man City man failed to see the funny side of Carragher’s blatant attempt to mock his club.

Richards then replied: “You’re better than that!”

The issue of the loudness and number of supporters flocking to the Etihad has become a prominent talking point for Man City in recent weeks, despite their undeniable success on the pitch.

The stadium has the capacity to host 55,097 people inside the arena, yet it has never been fully sold out. Its record attendance still remains from five years ago in February 2016, when 54,693 fans piled in to watch Man City take on eventual champions Leicester City.

The issue came to a head when Pep Guardiola bemoaned the lack of Man City fans going to matches, having seen only 38,000 turn up for their 6-3 win over RB Leipzig in September.

He then asked as many supporters as possible to buy tickets for their next game against Southampton, which they drew 0-0 in front of 52,698 fans.

“The last three games we’ve played here we’ve scored 16 goals. I would like more people to come to the next game on Saturday,” Guardiola said on Wednesday night.

“We need the people, please, because we will be tired.

“I know the team from Ralph [Hasenhuttl] is quite similar, the way they play. They’re so dangerous and it’s a really important game.

“So I invite all our people to come next Saturday at 3pm to watch.”

Guardiola’s call went down like a lead balloon and the pressure mounted on the Catalan as he refused to apologise to the supporters, describing the incident as a “misinterpretation”.

But perhaps even the 50-year-old would have a chuckle to himself over Carragher’s poor attempt at pun-ditry.

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