Whether you like it or not Liverpool fans, Jamie Carragher is not a first choice defender at Anfield right now and he’s not going to be while Brendan Rodgers is at the club.
The Guardian has reported that Carragher is seriously considering his future but it’s very unlikely that he will do anything other than retire if Liverpool don’t offer him a new deal.
However, it won’t be the end because such is Carragher’s importance and desire to stay at Liverpool, he could easily walk straight into a defensive coaching role as soon as he’s fully qualified.
Why not? There are few better central defenders in the history of the club and he has the perfect experience of playing in the Premier League and internationally for England, to help younger players coming up through the ranks.
“He [Brendan Rodgers] has tried to keep me involved but it's been a difficult season for me in terms of starting games - I'll chat to the manager at the end of the season. I'm open-minded and I'm sure the club are,” Carragher told the Guardian.
His leadership skills at Liverpool have also been unquestioned throughout the majority of his career, which is again vital in relation to the younger players in the academy and youth teams.
So what about the chances of him moving to another club? It seems very doubtful considering his passion and desire to start Premier League games each week.
There is unlikely to be a club in the division, near the top or bottom, that would be willing to take a punt on him as a main stay centre back.
The reason why a coaching association is likely with the club is because Carragher seems to understand what Rodgers is trying to achieve. He’s admitted as such and also said that he really admires it.
Furthermore, Liverpool are a club trying to set an example along with Arsenal in terms of their financial model. An internal role for Carragher in coaching is unlikely to jeopardise that.
It won’t risk that financial security because Liverpool won’t have to pay over the odds to get a defensive coach in from the outside if that’s something that Carragher wants to do.
He’s certainly not going anywhere this January so it will be interesting to see if his role changes. Based on the way things are going, it does seem quite likely that that will be that for Carragher once Liverpool have played their last game of the season.
Liverpool fans, is it time for Carragher to retire? Would you want him to stay on?
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