LIVERPOOL FC legend Jamie Carragher will retire from football at the end of the season after 16 years of successful service with the Reds.
After joining LFC as a youngster, Carragher made his debut in January 1997 and has since played more than 700 senior games for the club.
He is second only to Ian Callaghan in LFC's all time appearances record.
Carragher's glittering honours list includes two FA Cups, three League Cups, a UEFA Cup and the Champions League in 2005 after his heroic performance in the final against AC Milan.
Carragher said; “This will be my last season at Liverpool and my last as a professional footballer.
“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 have 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."