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7th Feb 2013 3:16pm | By Editor
Veteran Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has announced that this will be his final season of football - the 35-year-old has made 723 appearances since making his debut for the Reds in January 1997.
He's become an occasional but important cog in Brendan Rodgers side this season, with his leadership and organisational skills at the back invaluable when required.
Carragher is second on the all-time appearance list for the club he arrived at as a trainee in 1994.
He told liverpoolfc.com: "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."
winning the treble in 2001, picking up the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup, and the Champions League in 2005 on penalties against AC Milan.
He's also played for England at U20, U21 and senior level with 38 caps.
His former team-mate Jason McAteer told Sky Sports News: "I'm sure it's not been a decision he's taken lightly. He knuckled down, worked very hard and has become a credit to the game and the football club and that's why it's going to be a sad loss.
Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson said: "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."
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