Jamie Carragher insists that he has not had second thoughts about retiring in the summer as he prepares to make his 500th Premier League appearance for Liverpool against Tottenham at the weekend.
The Liverpool vice-captain announced last month that he will call time on his 16-year Anfield career at the end of the season.
The 35-year-old has been enjoying a run in the first team recently though – turning back the clock with some impressive performances in the process – and this has led to speculation that the defender may have a change of heart and stay at the club beyond the summer.
Carragher though is insistent that he has had no second thoughts.
“I made my decision and nothing that’s happened since has changed my mind about that,” he said. “I’ve not had any second thoughts just because things are going well.
“People say because I’m playing I should carry on for another year. But in fact being back in the team only confirms for me that I’ve made the right decision.
“I want to go out on a high, proving I can still perform at that level. I want to stay in the team for the rest of the season and help the club get as many wins as possible – that’s my target. I can’t think of a better way to go out.
“Obviously the previous 12 months had been difficult in terms of starting games. You never lose that buzz of wanting to play every week and I’m delighted to be back in the side.
“I could play on for another season but the fact is the club will be buying players in my position in the summer and I can’t go back to being a substitute again.”