Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Carragher staying with Liverpool to the end

Defender Jamie Carragher has repeated his desire to stay at Liverpool despite suggestions earlier this year that he would consider leaving if he did not get the contract offer he was hoping for.

And the 32-year-old believes his decision to retire from international football has helped prolong his Liverpool career.

“I will be watching [this summer] and of course I'd love to play at the World Cup,” he added.

“You watch on and think ‘could I have got in the squad?'

“But I made the decision [to retire] not just on the spur of the moment for a few weeks, it was to prolong my career and I stand by that.

“I don't want to leave Liverpool, I want to stay here for the rest of my career and hopefully my decision to retire from international football will help me achieve that.”

Liverpool face Benfica in Lisbon tonight in the first leg of their quarter-final tie and should Carragher play he will make his 621st appearance for the club, lifting him above Alan Hansen to eighth on the all-time list.

Midfielder Alberto Aquilani has been ruled out. The Italy international sustained an ankle injury in training and has not travelled to Lisbon, although manager Rafael Benitez does not believe it is a serious problem.

Aquilani's absence increases the likelihood Lucas Leiva will return to the starting line-up.

The Brazil international was an unused substitute on Sunday.

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