After spending much of the past two seasons behind Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel in the pecking order at centre half, Jamie Carragher followed up the announcement of his retirement by playing 270 minutes in seven days. And there's every chance he could make it 360 minutes in eleven days by the time the final whistle blows on Thursday's Europa League match against Zenit at Anfield.
To call his sudden return to prominence in Liverpool's backline unexpected would be an understatement, though with both Skrtel and Agger struggling for form of late and Carragher fully embracing manager Brendan Rodgers passing philosophy there's little room to argue that he's found himself back in the starting eleven of late for any reasons other than merit.
Despite that, Carragher has no plans to change his mind when it comes to retiring at the end of the season. Though if what he won't be doing next year is set in stone, what he might take up in its place is still uncertain. After spending the summer of 2012 impressing as a pundit for ITV during the Euros, a role in broadcasting would seem a solid bet. But if Rodgers has his way, Carragher will still be at the club next season—even if he isn't playing for it any more.
"I've had regular conversations with Jamie since I came in last summer," said Rodgers when asked about Carragher's future by TalkSport. "He's a guy who's put his heart, soul and life into Liverpool. As one of the local players, there's even more pressure on him. He's been outstanding this season, even when he hasn't been playing.
"He hasn't totally made up his mind what he's doing yet. It wouldn't surprise me if he had a small amount of time away but, over time, I'm sure he'll have a role here at the football club. But at the moment, we're only concentrating on his playing, and his playing has been top class."
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