By ESPNSTAR.com staff
As a result of his advancing years, Carragher has struggled to break apart the central defensive partnership of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel. Nonetheless, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had previously expressed his desire to retain the veteran defender when his contract expires this summer.
The former Swansea boss has used Carragher almost exclusively in cup tournaments and the 34-year old has performed admirably despite playing alongside youth or fringe players. After watching Carragher turn in yet another top-notch display in their FA Cup tie against Mansfield Town, Aldridge deemed it a shame if the club allowed the Champions League winner to leave at the end of the season.
"Jamie was excellent at Mansfield, he marshalled the backline really well and was our best defender," he wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.
"Carra is out of contract in the summer and is considering his options. Brendan Rodgers wants him to sign another deal and I'd love to see him keep playing for another year."
Aldridge encouraged the Reds to offer Carragher a place on the coaching staff should the former Liverpool Academy product decide to retire from the sport.
""He never lets us down and definitely still has the ability to perform at the top level. Just having him around the place is a massive plus," he noted.
"When the time comes and he does hang up his boots, I really hope he's given a coaching role. Carra epitomises everything which is best about the club."
Liverpool return to Premier League action with a visit to Old Trafford to play Manchester United on Sunday.