One Premier League start in four months is not something one would normally associate with Jamie Carragher but this is the position he finds himself in raising the question of how much of a future the veteran defender still has to offer at Anfield.
Now at the grand old age of 34, Carragher initially lost his place in the starting XI due to injury but since recovering he has seen Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger form an impressive centre-back pairing at the heart of Liverpool’s defence with Carragher having to settle for a spot on the bench.
But such is the professional attitude of the Reds second highest appearance maker of all time he admits he is rightly no longer considered as an automatic choice for Kenny Dalglish’s first-team and he must wait his turn.
“Of course, every player wants to play. But I went out of the team through injury and other players have come in and played well.
The manager has been fair to those players and rightly so,”
said Carragher in the Daily Mail’s report.
“Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel have been two of our best players. I’ve got to wait my turn, just as other players had to wait their turn when I’d been playing for so long.
“That’s just the way football is, you have to respect the manager’s decision, respect the other players and, as I say, just do the best for your club when you get a chance.”
Carragher played a full 90-minutes in Liverpool’s emphatic 6-1 disposal of Brighton in Sunday’s 5th Round FA Cup tie at Anfield. The Reds vice-captain partnered Martin Skrtel at centre-half after Daniel Agger picked up a slight knock during the week and will be hoping he impressed enough to feature in Sunday’s Carling Cup Final against Cardiff City at Wembley – a stadium Carragher is yet to grace in a major final.
“I’ve played cup finals at Cardiff, which is great, but I don’t think anything beats Wembley,”
he told ESPN Television, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“It’d be great. When you think of Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool, you think of the FA Cup and League Cup at Wembley with the Everton finals and other games. It’s something I’ve never been part of.”
Agger is expected to recover from the knock which ruled him out of the weekends FA Cup tie with Brighton and is almost certain to re-partner Skrtel in defence meaning Carragher is likely to start Liverpool’s first cup final in 5 years from the substitutes bench.
The Bootle-born defender made his Reds debut 15 years ago and although nearing the end of a fantastic career Carragher still has something to offer at the highest level. He may have dropped down the pecking order at Anfield but his experience, influence and reliability to step in when called upon is a valuable asset for Dalglish to fall back on.
Carragher’s current role as a bit-part player is likely to continue until he eventually hangs up his boots when he is expected to take up a coaching role at the club, with some already tipping him to become a future Liverpool manager.
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