Carragher: I’m not finished yet

Despite being fully fit, the defender was not selected to start the

game – the first time that has happened in 11 seasons. Carragher

has made nearly 500 league appearances for Liverpool since stepping

up from the youth academy in 1996. But the 33-year-old knows he is

now no longer a certain starter for the Reds. He told the Daily

Telegraph: “I am not the future of Liverpool. Daniel Agger, Martin

Skrtel and Sebastian Coates are. “But I can still be part of the

present for a few more years. It’s only one game I’ve not been

selected for, so it’s not over yet. “Over the last decade, if I had

missed a match I would have gone straight back into the team when

available. This time I didn’t and I have to accept it, agree with

it and understand it. I was out for a couple of weeks and the lads

who came in did really well. “I’ve always said mental strength is

important in every player and this is another test of that. “In the

past, there were people saying if Steven Gerrard and me weren’t

playing there was a problem, but now you look at it and say out of

the last three games, we’ve won two away from home. “That’s good

for the club. We have to look to the future. I’m sure the manager,

Damien Comolli (director of football) and owners are looking at

that while wanting to make sure we’re doing everything to win from

one week to the next. “I think I can speak for Stevie too when I

say we’re desperate to help the club win trophies as much as we

can, whether we play or not. “That has always been our aim. I still

always want to play the next game, but this club has been great to

me and I will never be disrespectful to it or to anyone who is

selected ahead of me. “That was one of the things Gerard Houllier

always said to me. You must respect those that are playing,

especially in your position.”