Jamie Carragher took immense pleasure from watching his former team become the great entertainers last season, and now the ex-defender is turning his thoughts to a trophy.

Liverpool were the Barclays Premier League thrill-seekers in 2013-14, swelling their goal tally with every passing week and boasting the unstoppable duo of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.

The transformation overseen by Brendan Rodgers carried the Reds to the brink of a long-awaited title, with Manchester City ultimately prevailing on the final day of the campaign.

In his first year in retirement, the revered Carragher watched everything unfold for his old club from a television studio, as his post-football role as a pundit began in earnest.

His appreciation for Rodgers is abundantly clear. "He is a great manager - he has done a great job for Liverpool," said the 36-year-old. "He obviously just missed out on the Premier League.

"Next year it will be important that they do well in the Champions League and the Premier League, but also try to win a trophy as well.

"The manager has been there for two years now; the next step for him and the team, a lot of the players, is to pick a trophy up and get some winners' medals."

Carragher added: "I've enjoyed watching Liverpool. Doing TV work was different. Hopefully it will be the same again next season. [But] nothing beats being a player."