Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher will retire from football at the end of this English Premier League season.

"This will be my last season at Liverpool and my last as a professional footballer," said Carragher in a club statement on Thursday.

"I'm making this announcement now because I don't want the manager (Brendan Rodgers) or the club to be answering questions on my future when I've already decided what I am going to do."

The 35-year-old former England international, a rare one-club man, joined his home town outfit as a youth and has since made over 700 senior appearances following his debut in 1997.

Carragher, second behind only Ian Callaghan in Liverpool's all-time appearance list, has won several major honours in his career, including the Champions League, UEFA Cup and two FA Cups.

"I will be fully committed between now and the end of the season to doing the very best for Liverpool Football Club, as I've done my entire career since joining aged just nine-years-old," he said.

"It has been a privilege and an honour to represent this great club for as long as I have and I am immensely proud to have done so and thankful for all the support I have had.

"There are many memories I want to share and people to thank but now is not the time for that. I won't be making any further comment on this decision until the end of the season.

"All our focus and concentration should be on achieving the best possible finish in the league this season and trying to win the last remaining trophy (the Europa League) we are competing in."

AFP