Rodgers lauds ‘phenomenal’ Carragher
Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers says defender Jamie Carragher is an excellent professional and great example for all players.
The 34-year-old is on the verge of making his 700th appearances for the Reds in all competitions and Rodgers says he has always been an admirer of the Merseyside club’s loyal servant.
"He (Carragher) is a phenomenal character,” Rodgers told the club’s website. “I've watched him from the outside for many years and to play 700 games at a club as prestigious as this is incredible.
"The pressures that come with wearing the shirt at this club are vast and for him it's a way of life. He's devoted his life to being a football player.
“He's 34 now, so it doesn't get any easier when you are older, but certainly I've been very impressed over the course of the pre-season.”
Despite his age, Rodgers believes Carragher is still full of energy and has a lot to offer for the club in the coming season.
"I saw him when he came off during the Tottenham game after an hour and he still looked very fresh,” he said.
“That's a great testament, not only to the work that he is putting in every day, but also to how he leads his life away from the field with his preparation.
"He's a model professional and if we can develop kids here like Jamie Carragher and go on to have a career like him then certainly the club won't go too far wrong.
"He's a phenomenal player, an incredible character and one that I'm happy to have by my side."