Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher to retire at end of season

Image: Jamie Carragher will be hanging his boots up in the summer

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season.

Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson also paid tribute to Carragher, saying: "There have been rumours flying around about this so it's not a complete surprise, but when you see Jamie coming back into the side against Arsenal and Manchester City and doing ever so well and not looking out of place, then you are maybe a bit surprised. "But if one person knows his body that's Carragher; he's pushed it to the limit over the years, all for the great honour of playing for Liverpool, so he will know whether it is right or wrong to call it a day. We just have to give him credit for what he's done for the football club. "The biggest compliment I can pay him is that as he plays the game now, he could have fitted into any generation of Liverpool team. "I know his passion for football. Carra has an obsession with the game, he watches football and knows his tactics - and he will be sought after. Hopefully he can slot into the coaching staff at Liverpool, that would be ideal." Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is looking for a significant contribution from Carragher in the remainder of the season. "Jamie has been absolutely outstanding for me since I joined the club," he told liverpoolfc.com. "He has been a model professional on and off the pitch and has shown an unswerving commitment to our work. "We still have a lot to play for as we look to finish as high up the Barclays Premier League as possible and continue our progression in the Europa League, a competition we'd like to win. "He will have a significant role to play for us between now and May and I know his commitment and dedication on the pitch will remain as it has done his entire career at Liverpool. "When the time is right we, as a team and a club, will give the man the tribute and recognition he deserves. I know the supporters will want to say thank you to someone who has served them with such distinction for so long." To find out more about live football on Sky Sports, Click here

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