Liverpool’s Gerrard ’emotional’ about Carragher retirement

Steven Gerrard admits it will be "emotional" to see his Liverpool team-mate Jamie Carragher retire at the end of the season

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Steven Gerrard says he is "emotional" about Jamie Carragher's retirement Photo: Back Page Images

Steven Gerrard admits it will be “emotional” to see his Liverpool team-mate Jamie Carragher hang up his boots at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old defender, who has racked up 734 appearances for the Reds, is to retire in the summer after a decorated Anfield career spanning 16 years.

Carragher is set to join Gary Neville in becoming a Sky Sports pundit from next season and Gerrard believes he will be perfectly suited to the role.

“I’m really close to Jamie on and off the pitch so it’s a bit of an emotional time,” Gerrard told talkSPORT. “He’s going on to Sky and I’m sure he’ll do a fantastic job for them.”

Carragher has won the Champions League, Uefa Cup, two Super Cups, two FA Cups and three League Cups during a decorated Liverpool career.

The centre-half, who is only the second player to reach the landmark of 500 Premier League appearances for one club, is set to feature in his last Merseyside derby when Liverpool host Everton at Anfield on Sunday.

And Gerrard is hoping the Reds can give Carragher the perfect send-off with victory over their arch rivals.

“Being a local lad, we feel the passion in the city. Jamie will be playing at the weekend, I think he’ll be one of the first on the team-sheet because he has been brilliant since he has come back into the team,” he continued.

“We’re hoping to get a nice derby victory for Carra to remember because he’ll always remember his last derby.”

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