Ex-Tottenham star reminds Liverpool legend of Thierry Henry

Bale Real Madrid

Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher has recalled his time of being taken apart by Arsenal legend.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher played against the very best attackers in the world over the course of his career, but there is one who clearly brings back worse memories than most.

That would be Thierry Henry, Arsenal's record goalscorer, who is still playing with New York Red Bulls while Carragher, at the same age of 36, is retired.

He spends his time now as a television pundit, and he was on duty last night for SkySports ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final with Bayern Munich.

And it was watching Gareth Bale's memorable Copa del Rey winning goal from a week ago against Barcelona which gave Carragher the shivers, watching what the former Spurs attacker did to the hapless defender Marc Bartra, using his speed to leave him trailing in his dust.

Carragher said: "He reminds me of Thierry Henry, doing that to me."

The Liverpool man went onto poke fun at Jamie Redknapp for his father Harry, reportedly attempting to sell Bale to Birmingham City during his early days at Spurs.

Henry's pace was legendary and part of what set him apart from the rest of the players in his era. For Bale it is also what helps him stand out as potentially among the best of his generation.

The Arsenal hero scored nine goals against Liverpool over the course of his career, with Carragher on the opposing side for the majority of his 18 appearances against them; there are only four teams who Henry has netted more against.

If Bale can get anywhere near achieving the legendary regard in which Henry is held by his peers and fans alike when his career comes to a close then he will certainly have come close to fulfilling his potential.

Which other current players can viably be compared to Thierry Henry?

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