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Carragher considers Liverpool exit

ESPN staff
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Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher has admitted he could leave the club at the end of the season as first-team action becomes increasingly hard to come by.

The veteran centre-back turns 35 next Monday, and he is behind the younger defensive duo of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel (both 28) in the pecking order at Anfield.

The Liverpool youth product started only his second league game of the season in Saturday's 5-0 win over Norwich City, with a further eight coming in the Europa League and domestic cup competitions.

Carragher's current contract expires at the end of the season, and he revealed he would speak to manager Brendan Rodgers in the summer about whether or not he will extend his 23-year association with the club.

"The manager's been great and tried to keep me involved but I want to start," he said. "I'm no different to any other player. Norwich was only my second start in the league this season, which is disappointing.

"But I said I wouldn't complain and I'm just trying to get more starts between now and the end of the season. I've played a lot in Europe and the cups but the Premier League is the most important thing for the club and the players.

"We all want to play in it and I'm no different. I won't lie, it's been a difficult season for me in terms of starting games."

Carragher is Liverpool's record-holder for appearances in Europe, and his total of 721 in all competitions is second only to Ian Callaghan, who turned out for the Reds 857 times.

Despite his long career at his only club, Carragher has not ruled out moving on if that is what is decided.

"I'm open-minded and I'm sure the club are," he said. "It's not about what I'm going to do. It's up to the manager and the club to make a decision about a new contract. We'll chat at the end of the season. It's down to them."

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