In news that has shocked the Football Transfer Tavern, we have just learnt via Goal.com that Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is set to hang up his boots at the end of the season.
The defender is more than just a legend at the club – he is Liverpool through and through and the fans idolise the centre half. This news has come as a shock to those of us in the tavern who felt that Carragher would soldier on for at least another couple of seasons.
However, as our landlord points out, over the last couple of seasons Carragher has struggled sometimes with injury and fitness and may well wish to retire whilst he is still performing at the top level. The player is of course the club’s vice skipper and was instrumental during their period of success if you can stretch your mind that far back to the famous Champions League win in Istanbul.
This season Carragher made his 700th appearance for the club and became their second longest serving player, and noted to the club’s official website after announcing his departure at the end of the season that: “It has been a privilege and honour to represent this great club for as long as I have and I am immensely proud to have done so since I was 9.”
Having initially started out as a right back, Carragher quickly developed a reputation as being one of the toughest defenders in the game – something that only enhanced when Rafael Benitez shifted him to playing at centre back.