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8th Jan, 2017 | 8:02pm

Carragher hits milestone, encourages Liverpool youngsters to do the same

By Emma Sanders

Jamie Carragher posted a message on Twitter encouraging Liverpool’s young stars to strive to achieve a historic career with the club after it was revealed it is 20 years to the day the defender made his debut.

The Sky Sports pundit first appeared for Liverpool in a League Cup clash against Middlesbrough in 1997 and went on to play 737 games for the club in all competitions.

He is the second-highest in the list of Liverpool players who have made the most appearances for the club, behind Ian Callaghan and ahead of Steven Gerrard. tweeted the milestone and Carragher copied the post before adding a comment of his own which encouraged some of the young stars currently at Liverpool to achieve the same feat.

Carragher is regarded by many fans as one of the Reds’ most loyal players and he is considered a legend of the club, alongside the likes of Gerrard and Robbie Fowler.

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Another defender who is destined for a bright future is Joe Gomez who made his first appearance in 15 months against Plymouth on Sunday afternoon and impressed.

The 19-year-old was a standout performer as his side had to settle for a disappointing 0-0 draw and he was joined by a number of exciting young talents.

Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria, Sheyi Ojo and Divock Origi have all emerged as top young players in the last two years and Carragher hopes they will go on to have successful careers with the Reds.

In other Liverpool news, this is why Joe Gomez must start against Southampton.