Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says that the club’s current title challenge is making him regret his decision to retire.

The Kop idol quit the professional game at the end of last season after a glittering career with his hometown club, in which he lifted numerous domestic trophies and the Champions League in 2005.

He received a momentous send off from the club’s loyal supporters and has since taken up a punditry role with Sky Sports.

But despite everything having worked out well since his decision, Carragher says that if he knew Liverpool would be in the battle for the Premier League title he would not have quit:

“If I felt Liverpool were going to compete for the one honour that had eluded me — the Barclays Premier League — I would have said ‘yes’ in a flash.” He wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.

“At that time, I could only see Liverpool challenging for a top-four place. If I had been able to see into the future, I would now be preparing for tomorrow’s showdown with Chelsea.

“Make no mistake, Liverpool are title contenders. They might be outsiders in the group that contains Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea, but there should not be any doubts about my old club’s potential to go the distance.”

Carragher remained a key player for the Reds right up until his last game, and is still held in high regard at Anfield.

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