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Carra to become our new League #12
Thursday, 17th September 2009
Jamie Carragher, the reds' current longest serving player, is set to move up one place for the number of League games played for the club to become our all-time #12, assuming he turns out at West Ham United on Saturday evening.

This will be his 404th Premiership game for Liverpool - more than sixty outings ahead of his nearest current challenger, skipper Steven Gerrard. He has bagged just four goals in these League matches.

Jamie signed on as a pro in September 1996, and is currently contracted with the club until 2011. He made his League bow as a substitute in our goalless home draw with West Ham United in January 1997, having remained on the bench on four other occasions earlier that season. He played in just one more League game during that campaign, when he netted against Aston Villa in his first start.

After twenty League outings in 1997/98, he established himself as a regular, missing just eighteen League fixtures in the next five seasons. However, his 2003/04 was affected by a broken leg at Blackburn Rovers in September, and he could only turn out 22 times in the League.

He was an ever-present in the Premiership for the first time in 2004/05, and has since missed just eight League matches, with Rafael Benítez rarely rotating him out of the team.

Carra's 404th League game will draw him level with legendary forward Roger Hunt in twelfth place in the club's all-time League appearance ranking. ‘Sir' Roger netted 286 times in 492 reds games, with his 245 League goals remaining a club record. He also has the distinction of being the only red to win the World Cup while at Anfield. His club medal haul includes two League championships, FA Cup, Second Division title and FA Charity Shield.

It will take a further 26 Premiership games before the 31-year old Bootle lad can break into the club's all-time Top 10 League appearance holders, and he would then still be more than 200 League games behind Ian Callaghan, who is likely to forever remain the Liverpool player who tops the appearance charts.



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