09 February 2013

Liverpool FC pay tribute to retiring Jamie Carragher

By Eamonn Lavery

Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers has paid tribute to stalwart defender Jamie Carragher who has announced his intention to retire from football at the end of the season.

Rodgers said Carragher was "One of a dying breed. A real iconic player for this club", going on to say that the utility defender will be "irreplaceable".

After over 700 games in the red shirt of Liverpool and 38 caps for England, the 35 year-old announced his retirement on Thursday 7th February, citing a desire to avoid conjecture about his future after his cotnract ends at the end of the season.

Rodgers revealed in his press conference ahead of Monday's clash with West Brom that Carragher had considered his career at the end of last season, but had decided to play on for at least one more year.

The Reds' manager was full of praise for Carragher, saying he is a "complete defender", and that he had the quality to keep playing, but had understood his personal reason for leaving.

Carra is still putting in man-of-the-match-worthy performances, most recently in their 2-2 draw away at Arsenal.

Liverpool play West Brom on Monday evening, and with Everton away at Manchester United on Sunday, the Reds will be hoping to make up some ground on their Merseyside rivals.

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