Carragher keen to stay with Liverpool 'for life'

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Jamie Carragher, the Liverpool defender, yesterday revealed he wants to stay at Anfield for the rest of his career. The 27-year-old centre-back has been impressive in the heart of the Reds defence under the new manager Rafael Benitez this season.

The England international, who was born and grew up in Liverpool, has helped guide the club to the quarter-finals of the Champions' League - and now he is setting his sights on further success.

"When I say life, I mean it," said Carragher. "I want to stay here. I'm not kidding myself; I don't think I'm going to go any higher than Liverpool. If your club's in the Champions' League that's the ultimate, and obviously you want to win trophies. I've been lucky enough to do that here in the past and I want to win bigger trophies now - the Champions' League and the Premiership. We're not at that level yet. But the new manager - if he can bring in a few more players - can get us to that level."

Carragher also believes that reaching a new level of consistency is the key to keeping Steven Gerrard at the club, adding that success in Europe's premier competition could persuade the captain to stay.

"Steven wants to be involved in the latter stages of the Champions' League. At the moment that's where we are - and maybe we can go even further," he said. "We're all delighted to be in the quarter-finals. It's not just Steven. We all want success for this club.

"In the summer who knows what's going to happen. But in terms of him staying, a result like this [beating Bayer Leverkusen] can only help."