Reds are keen to find a long-term replacement for the soon-to-be retired Carragher.
Liverpool’s hopes of signing highly-rated young Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld at the end of the season have taken a blow with the news that the Belgian may not be departing the Eredivisie giants this summer after all, reports Sky Sports.
It is an open secret on both Merseyside and in the Netherlands that the Reds have been keeping close tabs on the centre back for some time now, as new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers starts planning for the day when veteran former England international Jamie Carragher finally decides to hang up his boots at Anfield.
It had been expected that Carragher would retire this summer, although there have been rumours of late suggesting that the player may perform a dramatic U-turn.
Either way, Rodgers will still be bringing a new, up-and-coming defender to the club when the transfer window reopens on June 1, with Alderweireld expected to be that man.
The 24-year-old has been capped 23 times by Belgium in a four-year international career to date and is contracted to the Amsterdammers until only next summer, meaning that Rodgers may be able to get his man for as little as £10 million this summer, if he can be persuaded to swap the ArenA for Anfield.