Carragher quit football aged 35 because he feared embarrassing himself

Jamie Carragher reveals he quit football aged 35 because he feared EMBARRASSING himself and Liverpool as he declined late in his career… and says he knew for two years before his retirement that he wanted out

  • Jamie Carragher retired from playing football at the end of the 2012-13 season 
  • Carragher has revealed he knew two years before when he wanted to call time 
  • The former central defender made more than 700 appearances for Liverpool

Jamie Carragher has revealed the fear of embarrassing himself and Liverpool as he got older was the reason he retired from football aged 35.

Carragher announced in February 2013 that he would be calling time on his 16-year playing career at the end of the 2012-13 season.

The former defender has now admitted, however, that he had known when he wanted to retire long before he quit.

Jamie Carragher called time on his Liverpool playing career at the end of the 2012-13 season

The 42-year-old told The Athletic: ‘I almost knew 18 months to two years before, the time that I wanted to go out. 

‘My contract was finishing and I was just starting to not be a regular for Liverpool.

‘I had a couple of options in my head: I could be a one-club man, stay at Liverpool and not go anywhere else, knowing that it’s going to be difficult for me to get back fully into the team. 

Carragher wanted to be remembered for his many successes rather than a benchwarmer

Carragher has become one of the sharpest pundits in football since hanging up his boots

‘Or I could drop down a level in terms of quality, maybe play a bit more regularly and prolong my career into my late 30s.’

Carragher decided that he didn’t have the motivation to play for another side but also said that he wanted to be remembered for playing at his peak in the Champions League final in 2005 and not as a benchwarmer whose age could see him make a mistake.  

He added: ‘The club means so much to you — I didn’t want to embarrass myself or Liverpool by carrying on and becoming so bad you get thrown out instead of walking out.’ 

Carragher has developed into one of the most respected pundits on television since hanging up his boots, working both as an analyst and co-commentator for Sky Sports.  

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