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Jamie Carragher: 'Gerard Houllier is a Liverpool legend'

Jamie Carragher pays tribute to former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier, who passed away at the age of 73.

Jamie Carragher has paid tribute to former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier, who has passed away at the age of 73, describing how he had a transformative impact at Anfield and how he changed the culture at the club and restored success.

Hoillier managed the Reds between 1998 and 2004 and led them to five major trophies including the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup treble in the 2000-01 campaign.

Carragher has labelled the Frenchman "a great man" who was a catalyst for bringing trophies back to Liverpool in the 1990s and the former England defender is grateful for the influence Houllier had on his career, the career of others and on Liverpool as a football club.

"The job he did for Liverpool and other clubs, the influence he had on what the French did in the 1998 World Cup win, but what he did for me, [Steven Gerrard], Michael Owen, Danny Murphy, when he first came in. I don't think I, or any of those lads or anyone else involved in the club, will ever forget what he did for us. He meant so much to us all, really," Carragher told Sky Sports News.

"I always feel it was underestimated the job he did at Liverpool. A lot of that team who won the Champions League in 2005 under Rafael Benitez, a lot of those players were the nucleus of Gerard's team and I think the job he did was testament to where the club is today in terms of that team he created in the early 2000s and the success we had in that decade from 2001 to 2009 under Gerard and Rafa after that.

"Without his advice and guidance at such a young age I don't think I'd have had the career I had. I never, ever give one person in my life the title of being 'the' biggest influence but there will always be three or four people who I look to who have shaped me and shaped my career and he is well amongst that and I'll never forget what he did for me."

Houllier made his managerial name with French sides Lens and Paris Saint-Germain in the 1980s before taking over the French national side in 1992. He also had managerial experience with Lyon before taking charge at Aston Villa between 2010 and 2011.

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· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
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· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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