Liverpool Defender Jamie Carragher to Retire at End of Season

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher will retire after the season, ending a career that saw him make the second-most appearances for the Premier League soccer club.

Carragher, 35, helped Liverpool win the Champions League, the UEFA Cup, two F.A. Cups and three League Cups after making his first-team debut as an 18-year-old in 1997.

“This will be my last season at Liverpool and my last as a professional footballer,” he said in a statement on Liverpool’s website. “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.”

Carragher’s 723 appearances for Liverpool rank second to Ian Callaghan’s total of 857. He holds the club mark of 148 games in European competition and played 38 times for the England national team, including at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

“I won’t be making any further comment on this decision until the end of the season,” he said. “All our focus and concentration should be on achieving the best possible finish in the league this season and trying to win the last remaining trophy we are competing in.”

Liverpool is seventh in the Premier League this season, nine points behind fourth-place Tottenham in the final Champions League qualifying place. The Reds face Zenit St. Petersburg in the Europa League round of 32 starting Feb. 14.

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