Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says it will be difficult to replace retiring defender Jamie Carragher.

Rodgers knows he will soon need to address losing another Anfield legend when Carragher, 35, retires at the end of the season.

Rodgers said: "We've brought people in to the middle of the park and up front and it's pleasing to see that you have to go back to 1995-6 to find a Liverpool team that has scored more goals at this stage of the season.

"But Jamie's departure will leave us a bit thin at the back even though I've got top quality defenders in Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel.

"Jamie has been a huge influence on this club and no doubt we will continue to speak, although I think probably Jamie's retiring because he wants to get away from it.

"He's had so long of doing the daily grind of putting his body through the mill. But him and I will still have regular contact.

"He's a good guy and we speak a lot. I'm sure when he does move on we will continue to do that.

"He's a real encyclopedia of knowledge and he's not short of an opinion, either!"