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Carragher sets sights on retirement

 

Liverpool's veteran defender Jamie Carragher has announced that this will be his last season for both Liverpool and as professional footballer.

35 year old Carragher had started Liverpool's last two games against Arsenal and Manchester City, showing that he still had what it takes at the top level, but he has ultimately decided to call it a day at the end of the season. In a statement Carragher said:

"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."

"I will be fully committed between now and the end of the season to doing the very best for Liverpool Football Club, as I've done my entire career since joining aged just nine-years-old."

"It has been a privilege and an honour to represent this great club for as long as I have and I am immensely proud to have done so and thankful for all the support I have had."

"There are many memories I want to share and people to thank, but now is not the time for that."

"I won't be making any further comment on this decision until the end of the season; all our focus and concentration should be on achieving the best possible finish in the league this season and trying to win the last remaining trophy we are competing in."

Since his debut in 1997, Carragher and Liverpool have won every major honour save the Premier League. They won the League Cup, FA cup and UEFA cup in 2001, as well as their famous Champions League triumph in 2005.

Carragher will end his career as one of Liverpool's most decorated players, with only one player, Ian Callaghan, having managed more appearances for the club than Carragher's 723 appearances.

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