Homegrown Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher maintains his will fulfill his promise to retire at the end of the season despite enjoying a successful run in the team.

 The 35-year-old defender is set to make his 500th league appearance against Spurs on Sunday and is enjoying a prosperous stint in the team after mainly warming the bench for the most part of the season.

 But the Kop legend is not going back on his word and will retire from the game after a 16-year career at the club he signed a professional contract for in 1996.

"I made my decision and nothing that's happened since has changed my mind about that," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"I've not had any second thoughts just because things are going well. People say because I'm playing I should carry on for another year.

"But in fact being back in the team only confirms for me that I've made the right decision. I want to go out on a high, proving I can still perform at that level.

"Obviously the previous 12 months had been difficult in terms of starting games.

"You never lose that buzz of wanting to play every week and I'm delighted to be back in the side.

"I could play on for another season but the fact is the club will be buying players in my position in the summer and I can't go back to being a substitute again."

 There has been speculation that Carragher might be persuaded to stay for one more season especially considering the questionable futures of fellow centre-backs Martin Skrtl, Daniel Agger and Sebastian Coates.

 But Carragher has put all these rumours to rest and for now will just focus on helping Liverpool climb up as high up the league table as possible – with a fifth placed position and therefore Europa League place a likely objective to meet. 


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