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Liverpool's Jamie Carragher wants Europa League place

Jamie Carrgher
Carragher collected 38 caps for England since his debut in 1999

Liverpool's Jamie Carragher has said he is in no doubt about the value of qualifying for the Europa League.

The Reds occupy the final European spot with debate on Merseyside centring on whether a Europa League campaign will help or hinder progress next season.

But the veteran defender told BBC Radio Merseyside: "There's a lot of talk from other people about wanting fifth place or not but I'm desperate to get it.

"Liverpool and European football is what the club's about."

The Reds have taken 30 league points from a possible 45 since Kenny Dalglish took over as manager from Roy Hodgson in January.

Carragher says he would like their hard work to end with the highest league position possible and the place in Europe that would bring.

The 33-year-old continued: "If we keep winning games, we have a good chance of getting it.

"Tottenham will probably feel the same and I think it will be a great game when they come here. Also, if we get in, it means we keep winning and the feel-good factor continues.

"We haven't had a great 18 months but now we can start enjoying ourselves and actually go into games expecting to win."

After starting in Sunday's 3-0 win over Newcastle, the former England international is now joint second on the club's all-time appearances list on 665 games.

He currently sits alongside club legends Emlyn Hughes and Ray Clemence and if he takes the field against Fulham at the weekend, he will move into clear second, with only Ian Callaghan ahead of him on 857.

"Just to be around all these people is a great honour for me," Carragher continued.

"The people I've gone past like Ian Rush and Tommy Smith - these are all people I look up to and for me they are what Liverpool is about. They are the legends of the club and always will be.

"It's something I can look back on at the end of my career. Now I want to look forward and get more appearances and hopefully the club can still do well and win more trophies before I finish."

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