Rodgers stresses Carragher’s importance

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has stressed that veteran defender Jamie Carragher still has an important part to play in the club’s future.

The ageing centre-half has fallen behind Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger in the Reds’ backline, but with the Dane and Martin Kelly struggling with injuries could be used by the Northern Irish coach more frequently.

Rodgers has reconfirmed the defender’s importance both on and off the pitch.

“He’s critical. The likes of Andre Wisdom look up so much to guys like Jamie Carragher,” Mirror Football quote Rodgers as saying.

“For them to be on the same field as him, and to learn from his experience and leadership qualities is very, very important.

“Sometimes as a coach, you can coach players, you can talk with them, you can educate them, but when they go out onto the field, if they’ve got top players around them that can also help them manage the game from the inside.

“Guys like Carra are top class at that and, for me, your young players are only as good as your senior players,” he concluded.

Liverpool take on West Brom in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.

By Gareth McKnight