Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku is the type of player who makes Jamie Carragher happy he retired.

Jamie Carragher says it is because of strikers like Eveton's powerful on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku that he is glad that he decided to retire at the end of last season.

Carragher enjoyed a hugely successful 23-year career at Liverpool but last summer decided to hang up the boots and start a career within the media.

After watching Lukaku, who has scored three goals in three games since joining from Chelsea, Carragher admitted he was glad he wasn't still playing and trying to stop the powerful striker from extending his superb run.

"He's the type of player you look at as defenders and you think 'that's probably why I retired'," he explained. "You don't really want to be coming up against players like that.

"He has the goals, the power and the strength, but did you see the pass for the second goal for Barkley and the weight of that pass [against Newcastle]? He's got so much about him.

"If you think about the Everton sides under David Moyes they were solid defensively and had good compact midfields but they always lacked a standout striker.

"They had Tim Cahill, who'd play off the front and would get goals, but you look at this lad in his first game-and-a-half in the Premier League for Everton and he's got three goals and one assist. Have they ever had a striker of that quality?"

Carragher, who won the Champions League with Liverpool amongst a host of honours in his time on Merseyside, also claimed that Martinez could have found the missing piece to thelp Everton make a long-awaited return to the Champions League.

He said: "David Moyes got them to the Champions League once and they got knocked out in the qualifying round and Roberto Martinez says Bill Kenwright put him under a little bit of pressure in his first interview by mentioning the Champions League.

"But they are there now and with this striker that they haven't had before then who knows?"