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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Carragher admits career end is nigh

Liverpool's veteran defender reveals he is already considering future plans

Jamie Carragher has started to consider future plans once his playing career ends

Liverpool's veteran vice-captain Jamie Carragher has admitted his career could be over in a year's time.

The 33-year-old defender has made 676 appearances for the Anfield club since coming through the youth ranks and making his debut as a substitute in a League Cup tie against Middlesbrough in 1997.

But Carragher says he has already started thinking about calling time on a playing career that has seen him win 38 England caps and is looking to stay in the game when he hangs his boots up.

"[Manager] Kenny Dalglish picks the team, so you'd have to ask him," said Carragher. "It will be up to the coaching staff I suppose, but you want to try and get as much out of your career and play for as long as possible.

"The time will come in the next 12, 18 months, maybe two years. That won't be down to myself. It will be down to the people around me and the manager. They will decide.

"Do I want to go into coaching or management? Yes, I think so. I've taken my first steps to coaching and the UEFA B licence. We all love the game, and you want to stay involved in it."

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Key Points

  • Defender wants to play for as long as possible
  • Says Liverpool staff will decide the time to retire
  • Considering coaching after hanging up boots