5 Defenders to Take over at Liverpool When Jamie Carragher Is Put out to Pasture

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5 Defenders to Take over at Liverpool When Jamie Carragher Is Put out to Pasture
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Jamie Carragher is a Liverpool legend, plain and simple. He's a hero to the fans and will go down in the annals of the club's history as an all-time great.

While club captain Steven Gerrard has long been described as the "Heart of Liverpool Football Club," there is no question that Carragher has been the soul of the team for the better part of the last decade. Carragher has never had any particular abilities that have made him stand out from the crowd, other than a huge heart and a burning desire to succeed.

During the early part of his Liverpool career he was forced to overcome serious injury as well as a manager, Gerard Houllier, who seemed not to believe in him. Houllier never seemed sure what position Carragher was best in, so he moved him from right back, to centre-back to left-back and then to right back again.

It didn't seem to faze Carragher who continually produced excellent displays and fought off the competition from the players bought to replace him.

It wasn't until the arrival of Rafa Benitez that Carragher finally settled into the heart of the Liverpool defense on a permanent basis, but once he did, there was no question that he was ever going to be moved again. Carragher was arguably Liverpool's most important player during their glorious Champions League campaign of 2004/05, turning in performances that drew comparisons to the legendary Anfield Iron, Tommy Smith. 

Unfortunately, Carragher's best days are behind him, and he is now behind starters Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel as well as primary backup Seb Coates in the pecking order at Liverpool.

It's possible that Carragher will retire at the end of this season and move onto the coaching side of things at Liverpool. If that is the case, then the Reds will be needing a new central defender in the squad to replace him. Here are five possibilities. 

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