Sunday, 7 October 2012

Jamie Carragher Still Has A Part To Play At Liverpool

Delighted boss Brendan Rodgers reckons Liverpool have pulled off a coup keeping hold of Daniel Agger - but insists it does not mean Jamie Carragher's career is over. 

Agger, 27, penned a new deal on Friday to commit himself to the club despite interest from Manchester City and Real Madrid.

And Rodgers could not be happier. He sees the Dane as the perfect exponent of the defensive style he wants to play.

With his cultured left foot and an ability to glide forward with the ball, Agger is the man the Liverpool chief wants to build his back-line around.

But that does not mean Carragher is going to be jettisoned. 

The old head is still wanted as a guiding light for the club's youngsters - even if that does mean he will never be a first choice pick again.

Rodgers said: "Jamie for me, still has a lot to offer in the next few years.

"He is a player I have watched from the outside for a number of years. He has played 700 odd games for Liverpool which is an absolute monumental achievement.

"Now working with him every day, I can see why. He is an incredible professional.

"He eats well, he goes home, he rests. He is 34 years of age and his physicality in his body is incredible.

"He is as strong as player mentally as I have come across in my life and I have been fortunate to work with other big players.

"This is a guy who rinses everything out of his life he possibly can. He never gets tired mentally. His standards every day are high and the influence he has is excellent.

"As a manager you want on field coaches and he is a wonderful on field coach. He sees the game and knows exactly what I want to do."

Carragher will spend much of the final chapter of his career watching Agger from the sidelines though, now the 2006 capture from Brondby has committed himself to the club.

Rodgers said: "From our very first conversation he made it clear he didn't want to leave Liverpool.

"There was a lot of interest in him, as you can image. He is one of the best left-sided centre halves in modern football.

"But he made it very clear he loves the club, and the city, and was really excited about playing in a team which suits his style.

"It was great news for everybody that he has shown he really wants to help the club."

Rodgers believes his style of keeping the ball is suited to Agger's talents - and is convinced that swayed the defender's decision to stay on at Anfield.

He added: "What has been great from my point of view is someone of his experience and quality sees himself being a big part of this model.

"My type of football emphasises his qualities. First and foremost, he is a defender. So we have an outstanding defender.

"But he also has a wonderful left foot. His passing range is good, short and long, and he can step out of defence and make an extra man in midfield.

"Daniel has focussed on his game and his strengths and he can see them being incorporated into this model of ours."

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