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Carra: Reds Are On The Up

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says he is leaving a team on the up.

The dogged defender will be a pundit from next season, after hanging his boots up with trophy cabinet crammed with silverware.

Things have not gone too well for Liverpool of late, and their poor last season spilled over into this one, with a shocking run of results at the beginning of the campaign.

However, Carragher says that the January signings of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho gave the Reds the boost they needed, and things have improved as the ideas of manager Brendan Rodgers have taken root at Anfield.

Carragher knows Liverpool still have vast improvements to make if they are to return to the upper echelons of English football, but he says the signs are clear that is what they are doing.

"Looking at the season I think if you remember the start it was difficult with the transfer window situation," the 35-year-old veteran said.

"From the start we had a lot of young lads in there and it wasn't easy.

"The second half of the season there has been more experience and the manager has implemented his ideas more and you can see that in results in and around January-February time we went on a decent run.

"The manager made a couple of signings (Sturridge and Coutinho) in January which gave us a boost so we're showing positive signs but we have to take it into next season."

An extra source of pride for Carragher has been Liverpool’s defence this season.

Restored to the starting line-up after a lengthy spell on the bench, Carragher is ending his career in the kind of form that once made him one of Europe’s best defenders.

Liverpool have kept 15 clean sheets this season, one less than Manchester City, who have the meanest defence in England.

And so Carra can certainly head into retirement with his Scouse head held high.

“Myself and Pepe (Reina) have always enjoyed keeping clean sheets and breaking records," he said. "I think only Manchester City are ahead of us (in clean sheets).

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