Long serving Liverpool veteran could stay at Anfield beyond this season.
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher may have announced he will retire at the end of the season, but Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has not given up hope of convincing the 35 year-old of continuing on at Anfield.
The former England defender has certainly demonstrated throughout the current campaign that there is life in the old dog yet, with his impressive displays in the heart of the back four have resulted in Martin Skrtel being ousted from the starting XI.
Carragher’s form this season alongside Daniel Agger is a big reason that Liverpool have kept the second most clean sheets in the Premier League this season, and though the vowel deficient Skrtel confirms his desire to fight for his place, Rodgers clearly still has faith that Carragher will be a good partner for Agger next season.
“Carra’s been fantastic and I do believe he could play next season,” confirmed Rodgers in the Daily Mail. He and I communicate a lot and he’s obviously got something in his mind.
“We will sit down between now and the end of the season anyway and we’ll see where it goes. If he does go, I will certainly miss him because he’s been brilliant for me.
“He’s shown great respect and really helped me and the other guys.
“The thing for now is to keep performing the way he is until the end of the season and between then and now he and we will chat.
“This guy’s incredible. I want to put that on record.”
Leaving aside the point that Brendan Rodgers thinks everyone at Liverpool is incredible, Carragher has shown impressive longevity, and certainly looks as if he could play another season at the highest level.
Though never the quickest of defenders – and indeed his turning circle is larger than the equator – Carragher’s strength has always been in positioning and anticipation, and his footballing brain means he could compete in the top flight for a further season.