Retired Liverpool striker John Aldridge has urged Jamie Carragher to postpone hanging up his boots for another season.

 The Anfield legend, who joined and has remained at the club since 1990 and aged just 12, announced in February that he will retire from the professional game at the end of the season.

 But Aldridge thinks the Kop idol should re-think his decision, telling the Liverpool Echo: “If I was Brendan Rodgers I’d be doing everything I possibly could to try to convince Jamie Carragher to play on for another year.

 “Carra has said he’s going to hang up his boots in May but the club really need him to stay around.

“I don’t know whether Carra is already committed to TV duties but you are a long time retired. He’s in tremendous form and I’d love to see him give it one more season.”

Although used sparingly this campaign, 35-year-old Carragher is currently enjoying a good run in the team following an injury to Martin Skrtel. He is also in line to make his 500 league appearance for the Reds against Spurs on

Liverpool boss Rodgers could well listen to former Republic of Ireland international Aldridge’s advice considering the future of his other three first-team centre-backs are in serious doubt.

As well as being injured Skrtel has apparently fallen out with Rodgers and a Anfield exit could be on the cards while Daniel Agger has reportedly been strongly targeted by Barcelona. Sebastian Coates meanwhile continues to be linked with a move away from Merseyside following his desperation for first-team football and his struggle to adapt to the life in the Premier League.


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