Carragher admits frustration over Liverpool role

Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher has admitted he is frustrated at not being a regular part of manager Brendan Rodgers’ first XI, with the long-serving Reds defender going so far as to hint he could seek a move in order to gain regular first team football, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Carragher was part of the Liverpool side that beat Norwich City 5-0 at Anfield on Saturday but it was only the centre-back’s second league start of the season, the other coming against Chelsea in November. The 34-year-old has played 22 times for Liverpool this season, the club’s first under Rodgers, but most of Carragher’s appearances have been in cup competitions or as a substitute.

With his contract due to expire at the end of this season, the Mirror claims it was assumed Carragher would either sign an extension to remain at Anfield or bring an end to his playing days, but the man himself feels he can still perform week in, week out at a high level and has not ruled out doing so at another club.

Carragher said: “The manager has been great with me. He has tried to keep me involved. But listen, I want to start. I’m no different to any other player… I’ll chat to the manager at the end of the season. I’m open-minded and I’m sure the club are. It’s not about what I’m going to do, that’s something we can sort out one way or another.

The local boy has been part of the first team at Liverpool for the last 17 years, signing professional forms in late 1996 and making his senior debut in January 1997, playing as a substitute in a League Cup defeat to Middlesbrough. Carragher replaced Rob Jones, playing the last 15 minutes of the 2-1 reverse.

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