With only a handful of appearances in the early going, it was clear that Jamie Carragher's role at the club had diminished. Despite seeming among the more amenable squad members to Brendan Rodgers' much-heralded new system, Carragher found Premier League minutes few and far between, and as the season wore on it became clear that the Jamie Carragher Farewell Tour would be gracing domestic and European cup matches in a city near you.
The player confirmed as much in early February, just about the time that he finally found himself as a regular fixture in the starting eleven, replacing the struggling Martin Skrtel. He got the nod against Norwich for just the second time in league in late January, and with Skrtel a shambles in the loss at Oldham in the FA Cup, favor swung completely towards Carragher, and he's been mostly terrific since.
It's been remarkable to watch considering the sentiment that most--self included--felt toward the veteran defender over the past few seasons. His influence on the pitch had clearly faded, and last season his continued selection made little sense with the equally effective (at least it seemed at the time) Sebastian Coates kept on the bench, stalling the development of what looked like a promising career.
Little has changed in that regard, but now there's not nearly as much ill will towards Carragher or the man who decides to include him on a weekly basis, and there's serious questions about who'll be replacing one of the club's longest-standing members.
With underwhelming "experienced" defenders linked and Skrtel possibly looking at a summer exit, there's no guarantees that Liverpool find someone who'll slide in alongside Daniel Agger at the heart of Liverpool's first-choice defense. However, there's also no guarantees that Carragher would be able to continue the form he's captured into next season, even if the player can be convinced to have next time (or the time after that) be the last time.
If you had it your way, though, what would the immediate future hold for Jamie Carragher?