Liverpool chairman Werner pays tribute to retiring Carragher

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has paid a massive tribute to the “immense contribution” of Reds stalwart Jamie Carragher, who will retire after Sunday’s match with Queens Park Rangers, reports the Liverpool Echo.

35-year-old Carragher, who made his Reds debut in a League Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough in 1997, is the archetypal one-club man with Sunday’s match at Anfield the defender’s 737th as a Liverpool player.

Carragher has had a long and successful career with the Reds, picking up numerous winners medals including two FA Cups, three League Cups, one Europa League and was part of the famous 2005 Champions League triumph in Istanbul against Milan.

Werner told the Echo:“To spend 16 years in the first team at Liverpool is testament to Jamie’s professionalism. He really is an extraordinary person and a man of remarkable integrity.

His love for the club is such that he has always put Liverpool first. In moments of adversity he’s been there, lifting players around him. He gives everything and suffers for the team.

Liverpool had hoped that the Bootle-born defender would consider playing on for another season but Carragher announced in February that he would call and end to his playing days at the conclusion of the current campaign. He is now due to begin a punditry role on Sky Sports television from the start of next season.

Werner however has stated that there will be a vacancy at the club available for him should he ever wish to take up coaching. “We wish Jamie well in his new career and the door will always be open for him at Liverpool,” Werner said. “I really hope we see him back at the club one day because with all that experience and knowledge we know he has so much to offer.

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