Then veteran defender will officially retire from the game at the culmination of the current season and his manager believes he would step in easily to a tutoring position before moving into management if he sees fit.
"I've had regular conversations with Jamie since I came in last summer," Rodgers told TalkSPORT. "He's a guy who's put his heart, soul, and life into Liverpool. As one of the local players, there's even more pressure on him.
"He's been outstanding this season, even when he hasn't been playing. As a manager it's a real privilege to work with someone like that because he's very committed, has got old-school values and ethics, and really respects me and my decisions.
"He works very hard to prove that he's still good enough to be in the team. Even at 35, he's still one of the best pure defenders in the Premier League.
"He hasn't totally made up his mind what he's doing yet. It wouldn't surprise me if he had a small amount of time away but, over time, I'm sure he'll have a role here at the football club.
"But at the moment we're only concentrating on his playing, and his playing has been top class."