Carra set for new Liverpool deal

Reds defender Carragher is into his final year of his current deal

on Merseyside and plans for a new contract have been on hold with

the uncertainty surrounding the club’s future under American owners

Tom Hicks and George Gillett. Concerns have been raised that the

32-year-old centre-back, who was part of the England set-up during

the World Cup, could leave after the current campaign but Liverpool

boss Hodgson expects the defensive stalwart to remain at Anfield.

“I’m sure it [a contract extension] will be a priority,” said

Hodgson, whose team were drawn against Turkish outfit Trabzonspor

in the Europa League play-offs on Friday. “Quite frankly so much

has happened in the last five weeks, the hours I’ve spent at the

club are enormous, that we haven’t actually got round to discussing

contracts with players. “I now know that Carragher has got one year

left. That’s the only contract of a player that I know about. If

you asked me how many years the others have got, I haven’t got a

clue.” Hodgson is also confident Carragher and skipper Steven

Gerrard will remain part of the Liverpool furniture for life, while

revealing he has made an unsuccessful attempt to bring Sami Hyypia

back to the club as a coach. “I can see players like Jamie

Carragher and Steven Gerrard never leaving Liverpool Football Club.

I can see them always being part of the club,” added the

62-year-old. “In the same way I’m a bit disappointed that my

attempts to bring Sami Hyypia back failed. It only failed because

he’s so important to Bayer Leverkusen. “We couldn’t get him out of

his contract. He’s one I would also put in the Jamie

Carragher-Steven Gerrard mould, Liverpool for life. “Unfortunately

he was let go at the end of the season before last and we can’t get

him back. He’s too valuable to them.”