Carragher admits end could be close

06 October 2011 07:35

Liverpool's vice-captain Jamie Carragher has admitted his career could be over in a year's time.

Carragher has made 676 appearances for Liverpool since coming through the youth ranks and making his debut 14 years ago. He has been a regular in the Reds defence since coming on as a substitute in Liverpool's League Cup game against Middlesbrough in 1997, but the 33-year-old concedes his long and glittering career may be nearing its end.

When asked how long he had left in the game, Carragher told the Leaders in Football conference in London: "Ask (Liverpool boss) Kenny (Dalglish). He picks the team. It will be up to the coaching staff I suppose. You want to try to get as much out of your career and play as long as possible. The time will come in the next 12, 18 months, maybe two years."

He added: "That won't be down to myself. It will be down to the people around me, the staff, the manager. They will decide."

Carragher's full-blooded displays at the heart of the Liverpool defence have earned him many plaudits during his career and his leadership skills have seen him touted as a future Reds boss.

The defender admits he would love to go in to coaching after hanging up his boots.

"Do I want to go in to coaching or management? Yes, I think so," Carragher said.

"I've taken my first steps to coaching and the B licence.

"We all love the game, you want to stay involved in the game."

Source: PA