Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has paid tribute to defender Jamie Carragher as the Reds defender prepares for the final game of his career.
35-year-old Carragher is hanging up his boots on his footballing career, after 16 years with Liverpool, when the Reds play QPR on Sunday.
“To spend 16 years in the first team at Liverpool is testament to Jamie’s professionalism,” Werner told the Liverpool Echo.
“He really is an extraordinary person and a man of remarkable integrity.”
Carragher will mark the occasion against the London based club by captaining Liverpool at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard missing the occasion through injury.
Werner, who admitted he thinks it will be unlikely that he will make it across from America for Sunday’s swansong, hailed the passion and loyalty Carragher has had for Liverpool Football Club down the years.
He continued, “His love for the club is such that he has always put Liverpool first. In moments of adversity he’s been there, lifting players around him.
“He gives everything and suffers for the team.
“It’s the character of the man which I’ve found so impressive. He shows that enormous heart off the field as well as on it. I saw that in Boston last year when he was with his son. He’s a real family man.
“He has shown his commitment to the Merseyside community and his generosity with the work of his Foundation and all the charity work he does.”
Werner also said that Carragher is welcome back at the club should he want to return to football and be involved behind the scenes.
Carragher will begin working for Sky Sports this summer as a football pundit, but Werner believes he has a lot to offer in the future.
He added, “We wish Jamie well in his new career and the door will always be open for him at Liverpool.
“I really hope we see him back at the club one day because with all that experience and knowledge we know he has so much to offer.
“Whether it’s as a coach, an analyst or whatever, there will always be a job for him here.”
Liverpool vs QPR gets underway at 4pm on Sunday, 19th May 2013 and is the Reds’ final game of the season.