Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says he has no complaints over the lack of games he has been playing this week as he struggles to break back into the first team ahead of central defenders Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel.
Carragher, a regular for the side since his debut 15 years ago, is getting used to life on the bench, but, at the age of 34 has no ideas to hang up his boots just yet.
Carragher did, however, earn a surprise recall for last Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Stoke City at Anfield, playing alongside Agger and Skrtel.
“The lads are playing well. Of course you want to play and the manager wouldn’t expect anything else,” he said.
“When I have been playing over the years and doing well someone else has had to sit on the bench for me.
“The roles have reversed now and you have to show respect to the manager, the club and the players playing in my position. I appreciate that.
“The club have done a lot for me over the years.
“I am not going to say anything or cause any trouble just because I am not playing. You have got to be professional and wait for your chance. When it comes, you have got to do as well as you can.”
Carragher has made 684 appearances for the Reds and the number 23 says he still gets the same feeling wearing the Liverbird on his chest now as he did when he was a teenager.
He added, “It is something that I have wanted to do since I was 18 and nothing has changed now I’m nearly 34.”