Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher, has announced that he will retire from football at the end of the season.
An Everton supporter as a boy, 35-year-old Carra joined Liverpool when he was 12, and went on to become the club’s second-most capped player, with more than 700 appearances for the first team.
Although he has recently been recalled to the starting line-up for big matches against Arsenal and Manchester City, the writing has been on the wall for veteran defender Carragher.
Liverpool revealed in a statement on their website that Carra- a cult hero who played a major role in Liverpool’s modern success- has decided to hang his boots up.
"This will be my last season at Liverpool and my last as a professional footballer,” Carragher said.
"I'm making this announcement now because I don't want the manager or the club to be answering questions on my future when I've already decided what I am going to do.
"I will be fully committed between now and the end of the season to doing the very best for Liverpool Football Club, as I've done my entire career since joining aged just nine-years-old.
"It has been a privilege and an honour to represent this great club for as long as I have and I am immensely proud to have done so and thankful for all the support I have had. There are many memories I want to share and people to thank, but now is not the time for that.
"I won't be making any further comment on this decision until the end of the season; all our focus and concentration should be on achieving the best possible finish in the league this season and trying to win the last remaining trophy we are competing in."
Reds fans will miss having Scouse icon Carra in the Liverpool side, and will never forget his die-hard commitment to their club’s cause.
Matches like the 2005 Champions League Final, in which Carra was seen making desperate last-ditch tackles despite his body wracked with cramp, will forever define a player whose blood is truly Red.