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Rodgers hopes Carragher will play on

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers plans talks before the end of the season to ask Jamie Carragher to postpone his retirement.

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Carragher, 35, announced in February that he would bring his 16-year Anfield first-team career to an end next month.

The vice-captain, though, has regained a regular place in the side over the second half of this season, having made only one Premier League start for Rodgers before January.

Liverpool's manager believes that Carragher, who has completed the full 90 minutes in all but one of the club's last 11 league games, still has more to offer as a player.

Asked if he believed the former England defender was capable of playing on at Anfield next season, Rodgers told Goals on Sunday: "He's been fantastic and I do. He and I communicate a lot and he's obviously got something in his mind. He and I will sit down between now and the end of the season, anyway, and we'll see where it goes."

Rodgers, who replaced Kenny Dalglish as manager at Anfield last June, was full of praise for Carragher's contribution this season.

The manager said: "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.

"He's shown great respect and really helped me and the other guys. 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."

Carragher considered retirement last summer, but Rodgers convinced him to stay on for another year.

The centre-back was largely restricted to starts in the Europa League and domestic cup competitions over the first half of the season. But he forced he way back into the side at the expense of Martin Skrtel in mid-January, and has been a regular since.

Rodgers added: "It's an interesting one with Carra because this guy's incredible. I want to put that on record. I saw him from the outside when I was at Chelsea and the games he was playing in the Champions League. I always thought he was one of the best defenders in European football at that stage.

"Coming in and work with him at close hand, I saw his will and determination. His play speaks for itself, but the fight and spirit and quality that he shows every single day in training is amazing.

"I had a good conversation with Carra last summer because he was maybe thinking about moving on to pastures new last year, but we talked and decided that he would stay.

"For me, he's hardly put a foot wrong. I obviously wanted to go with a pairing of Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger as maybe the future at the beginning of the season and those guys have done really well.

"But I felt that with Carra and all the games he's played – the cup games and any time he's come in in the league – he's been remarkable and I felt I wanted to put him in the team."

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