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Wednesday 18 January 2012

Carragher buzzing over Liverpool recall

Veteran defender says excitement of playing is the same as when he was 18

Veteran defender Carragher is closing on 500 Premier League appearances for Liverpool

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says playing for the Reds gives him the same thrill now as it did when he was a teenager.

On Saturday the 33-year-old made his first Barclays Premier League start since October when he was named in Kenny Dalglish's team for the draw against Stoke.

And Carragher said the buzz of playing had not diminished since making his debut for Liverpool 15 years ago.

"Wearing the shirt is is something that I have wanted to do since I was 18 and nothing has changed now"
- Jamie Carragher

"I am no different to anyone else. I have been out the side for a while and understandably so," he said.

"The lads in my position and the whole team have been doing great. It was just nice to put the red shirt on and play at Anfield again.

"It is something that I have wanted to do since I was 18 and nothing has changed now I’m nearly 34. But the lads have been doing great and I understand the situation."

Carragher, who has made 473 Premier League appearances, said he had no problem with the intense competition for a starting berth.

"The lads are playing well," he said.

"Of course you want to play and the manager wouldn’t expect anything else.

"When I have been playing over the years and doing well, someone else has had to sit on the bench for me. The roles have reversed now and you have to show respect to the manager, the club and the players playing in my position.

"I appreciate that. The club have done a lot for me over the years."

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Key Points

  • Carragher back in first-team reckoning at Anfield
  • Defender is nearing 500 appearances in the top flight
  • Says he gets the same buzz from playing now as he did when he was 18