Carragher admits row with Arbeloa was to protect Reina

Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher admits his row with teammate Alvaro Arbeloa in Sunday’s clash with West Brom was to protect goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

Carragher said he was intent on helping Reina keep a clean sheet to give him a chance of taking the Golden Glove award this season.

Reina is currently on 20 clean sheets – one behind Manchester United’s Edwin van der Sar – and Carragher wanted to shore up the defence when things became sloppy.

"We can't win the league now but there are a number of targets we can aim for," he said on the club’s official website.

"We want to keep a clean sheet and we want Pepe to have a chance of the Golden Glove for the third season running.

“Pepe is one behind Van der Sar now and there's a chance Van der Sar won't play next week, so we wanted to make sure he got a clean sheet today.

"To be honest, we were a bit lackadaisical in our defending all through the game and they had too many chances.

"Maybe we took it a bit too easy and let them attack us too much, but that was one of the toughest games I've played in all season.

“We go all over Europe playing top teams and we play against the best sides in this country, but that was one of the hardest games we've had."