Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has announced that he will retire at the end of the season.
Carragher has spent his whole career at Liverpool and has made over 700 appearances for the Reds, their second-highest player in all-time appearances. The centre-back also picked up 38 England caps
Speaking to Liverpool's official website, Carragher said of his retirement: "I'm making this announcement now because I don't want the manager or the club to be answering questions on my future when I've already decided what I am going to do.
"I will be fully committed between now and the end of the season to doing the very best for Liverpool Football Club, as I've done my entire career since joining aged just nine-years-old.
"It has been a privilege and an honour to represent this great club for as long as I have and I am immensely proud to have done so and thankful for all the support I have had. There are many memories I want to share and people to thank, but now is not the time for that.
"I won't be making any further comment on this decision until the end of the season; all our focus and concentration should be on achieving the best possible finish in the league this season and trying to win the last remaining trophy we are competing in."
Despite his advancing years, Carragher has been enjoying a run in the Liverpool first-team of late, partnering Daniel Agger in defence, and the club will be glad to have him for the remainder of the season as they seek a top-four finish.
For more on Carragher's retirement, check out Liverpool Offside.