Rodgers: Go out on high Carra'

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is looking for a significant contribution from Jamie Carragher in the remainder of the season after the defender announced plans to retire in May.

The 35-year-old, who ironically has just won back his place in the first-choice line-up, has decided to draw a line under his 16-year career at his only professional club.

Rodgers tapped into Carragher's vast experience at Anfield, having taken over from Reds icon Kenny Dalglish last summer, and is relying on that on the pitch for the remainder of the campaign.

"Jamie has been absolutely outstanding for me since I joined the club," he said.

"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 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. When the time is right we will give the man the tribute and recognition he deserves. I know the supporters will want to say thank you."

Carragher, who in 723 appearances has won every major honour with Liverpool – the highlight being the Champions League in 2005 – except the league title, insists he will not allow himself to start looking back just yet.

"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," said the centre-back.

"There are many memories I want to share and people to thank, but now is not the time for that. I will be fully committed between now and the end of the season."