Jamie Carragher could still play on for Liverpool next season.
The 35-year-old has spent his entire career at the Anfield club, and only Ian Callaghan has made more appearances than the defender. And despite earlier this season announcing he will hang up his boots in the summer, he has still featured 33 times during the course of the campaign.
This, and the fact he has completed 90 minutes in all but one of their last 11 Premier League matches, would suggest Carragher still has much to offer to the team, despite his advancing years. And this is something manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to explore in the coming weeks.
“He’s been fantastic and I do [believe he could play next season],” the Reds manager told Sky Sports Goals on Sunday. “He and I communicate a lot and he’s obviously got something in his mind. Him and I will sit down between now and the end of the season anyway and we’ll see where it goes.
“If he does go, I will certainly miss him because he’s been brilliant for me in my time there, going in as a manager of a club of that size. The thing for now is to keep performing the way he is until the end of the season and between then and now him and I will chat and we’ll take it from there.”
If Carragher decides to postpone his retirement, it won’t be the first time he has performed such a u-turn. In 2007 he decided to call time on his England career having failed to cement a regular start, yet he was involved in Fabio Capello’s plans when recalled for the 2010 World Cup Finals.