Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher announced on Thursday that he will hang his boots at the end of the season. The 35-year-old has made 723 appearances for the reds since his full debut in 1997 and is second only to Ian Rush in all-time Liverpool appearances.
“This will be my last season at Liverpool and my last as a professional footballer. I’m making this announcement now because I don’t want the manager or the club to be answering questions on my future when I’ve already decided what I am going to do.”
Carragher has won three League Cup crowns, two FA Cup victories and one Champions League, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup title.
He will be remembered as a Liverpool legend who always gave his all, there are few who embody Liverpool more than Jamie Carragher. He was Liverpool as much as Steven Gerrard. Carragher was the rock in that changing back line that included Sami Hyppia, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger. Which is why Brendan Rodgers sought him out from the margins to the starting XI. Carragher’s positional ability and anticipation compensates so well for his lack of speed.
Rodgers was also acutely aware that the man from Bootle, other than Gerrard, brought essential leadership qualities to a transitioning team. With his retirement, only a handful (Gerrard, Reina, and possibly Agger) are left in the team who have links with the successful Champions League seasons.
But let us be clear, before the end of the season it will be just business as usual for Jamie Carragher.