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Carragher eager to contribute

Jamie Carragher feels he still has something to offer Liverpool despite being ousted from the first-team fray.

The 34-year-old, who has been at the club since 1990, has conceded he is no longer part of the first-choice centre-half pairing at the Anfield giants.

But the former England international says he just wants to help out as much as he can.

“If I was in this situation 10 years ago or even four or five years ago then I would have left, there’s no doubt about that,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

“But now, I’m coming towards the latter part of my career and I don’t want to cause a problem for my club.

“I’ve never even spoken to the manager (Rodgers) about my situation or said I want to play. I wouldn’t want to do that.”

Although Carragher concedes he is likely to start on the bench for big games such as the Manchester United fixture on Sunday, he still feels he can offer Rodgers something when the manager needs his services.

“He doesn’t need me asking if I can play in certain games and, listen, Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel are better than me now.

“They should be playing. In a one-off game my performances are still good enough to play for Liverpool, but not when it’s three games a week.”

“I’ve had my go, the team wasn’t built around me but I was one of the main players.

“It’s their team now and I help, that’s the way I look at it and I wouldn’t want to cause anyone at the club a problem or finish at the end of the season or the next 18 months with a cloud over me.”

Carragher has racked up 720 first-team appearances for Liverpool since making his debut under Roy Evans’ management in the 1996-97 season.

Sun 13 January, 2013
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