Tuesday, 8th January, 2013

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes that the Reds should tie veteran defender Jamie Carragher down to a new contract.

The 34-year-old centre-back’s current deal runs out in the summer and, given he will be 35 before the current month is out, speculation has raged over whether he will hang up his playing boots or pen a fresh deal with the Reds.

Carragher has understandably slipped down the defensive pecking order at Anfield, but he has still managed nine appearances in the Premier League this season, even if eight of those have come from the bench.

And for Aldridge, Carragher should certainly still be there to be called upon for the 2013/14 season.


"Jamie was excellent at Mansfield. He marshalled the backline really well and was our best defender", Aldridge was quoted as saying by Liverpool’s official site.

"Carra is out of contract in the summer and is considering his options. Brendan Rodgers wants him to sign another deal and I’d love to see him keep playing for another year.

"He never lets us down and definitely still has the ability to perform at the top level. Just having him around the place is a massive plus."

Aldridge also feels there must be a coaching position at Anfield waiting for Carragher when he does call time on his playing career.

"When the time comes and he does hang up his boots, I really hope he’s given a coaching role. Carra epitomises everything which is best about the club."

Carragher has picked up two FA Cups, three League Cups, one Champions League and one UEFA Cup amongst a number of other medals during his long spell at Liverpool.

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