Today, Jamie Carragher announced his retirement from football at the end of the 2012/2013 campaign.
Jamie has long been one of Liverpool F.C’s most loyal and iconic players with his no holds barred tackles and his incredible work rate at the back four since his debut in 1997. Recently, he has been sidelined more often than not due to the Agger and Skrtel partnership, but recent man of the match performances have highlighted he has till got it.
Carragher quoted this in the press:
“It has been a privilege and an honour to represent this great club for as long as I have,”
Which typified what he stood for that it is not what the club can do for me but what I can do for the club and what he did was consistent, hard working and passionate. He loved the club and the club loved him. These are some of his important facts:
- Made his debut against Middlesbrough in January 1997 at the age of 18.
- Scored on his Anfield debut later that month against Aston Villa.
- Has made 723 appearances for Liverpool, the second-highest behind Ian Callaghan’s 857.
- Won two FA Cups, three League Cups, two Community Shields, one Champions League, one UEFA Cup and two Super Cups.
- Made his England debut in April 1999 as substitute against Hungary.
- In 2007 he retired from England duty, but returned under Fabio Capello for the 2010 World Cup.
A long and glittering career as a one club man who’s loyalty never faltered.
But what does his retirement mean? Well, to me it looks like the first step in a new spine in the club. Long has there always been a scouse spine in the club and with Carragher retiring and Gerrard not getting younger it looks like the squad will look a lot differently in the future. We still have some homegrown talent coming through such as Kelly, Wisdom, Robinson, Flanagan and so on but they never made as much as an impact as Carra or Stevie did when they came on the scene, so whether or not there will always be a scouse superstar in the mix will remain to be seen.
But enough of that, farewell to Jamie Carragher, you have truly been phenomenal icon in Liverpool’s history and we all hope to see you carry on the knowledge you’ve gathered in some other role within the club.