Brendan Rodgers starts search for replacement

Jamie Carragher, LiverpoolAs he looks for a replacement, Brendan Rodgers says it is unlikely he will be able to find anyone who can compare to Jamie Carragher.

The veteran centre-back played his last game, his 737th, for the club in the win over QPR on Sunday and was given a standing ovation when he was substituted with minutes to go.

Reds boss Rodgers now has the task of finding a replacement over the summer but says it will be pointless trying to find someone who can do the job Carragher did.

“I don’t think there are many about like that, I’ve got to be honest,” he said. “What he’s got at this football club is unique. You have to find different ways. All great players, their time comes to an end.

“We’ve seen it here through the years. You look at Ian Rush when he went away and they brought in John Barnes and Peter Beardsley – and they brought something else.

“We need to find a good one now to come in and support the group – and it certainly won’t be easy.”