Jamie Carragher told of his surprise that no club ever tried to sign him during his 16 year Liverpool career, despite establishing himself as one of the Premier League's finest ever defenders and a regular England international.

The centre-back, who made his 737th and final appearance for the club against QPR yesterday afternoon, expressed his delight at remaining at Anfield throughout his career though admits he thought he may at some point attract interest from other sides.

Carragher told reporters: "I never really had the option to leave — I don’t know whether it was a good thing or bad thing. Maybe no-one rates me! I’ve never even been close. My agent has never rang me up and said, ‘This team fancy buying you’. Not once. Maybe I was always seen as ‘Mr Liverpool’, I suppose."

Carragher also expressed however how leaving the club never crossed his mind:

“I can’t say I ever thought about leaving when I wasn’t in the side. You have good times and bad times at your club. It’s like being a supporter. "You don’t stop supporting your team because of a bad run. We’ve had some great times here, won some big trophies. So I feel lucky and privileged.”

Ultimately, he believes the future is bright for the club under Brendan Rodgers.

He added: “The Liverpool supporters are very knowledgeable and understand where the club is at the moment. 

"First and foremost, we have to to try to get back in the top four rather than starting the season talking about titles. 

"And then you go from there. You get extra revenue to improve your team again. Just because you get into the top four doesn’t mean you are going to stay there.”

The Liverpool veteran bowed out helping his side to a 1-0 win over already-relegated QPR at Anfield. 


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