JAMIE CARRAGHER admits a more regular starting role could be the determining factor over whether he extends his Liverpool career beyond the summer.
Carragher made only his second Premier League start of the campaign on Saturday in the 5-0 romp against Norwich City at Anfield.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers later admitted his team had missed the experience and leadership of the centre-back during games against the leading clubs.
Indeed, Carragher’s only other top-flight start this season saw him assist Luis Suarez for the equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Chelsea in November.
While Carragher turns 35 later this month, Rodgers is convinced there is no reason the player should consider hanging up his boots just yet.
But the veteran defender believes much will depend on whether he finds himself once again back on the bench over the coming months.
“It’s been a difficult season for me in terms of starting games,” said Carragher.
“It was only my second start in the league this season which is disappointing from my point of view, but I said I wouldn’t complain and I’m just trying to get more starts and be involved between now and the end of the season.
“I’ve played a lot in Europe, the FA Cup and League Cup, but the Premier League is the most important thing for the club and the players. We all want to play in that, and I’m no different.
“The manager has always kept me involved by having me on the bench or bringing me on in different situations. But listen, I want to start. I’m no different to any other player.”
Carragher, second behind only Ian Callaghan in Liverpool’s all-time appearance records, is out of contract in the summer.