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Liverpool boss Rodgers: Carragher can play on next season

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has rubbished claims this will be Jamie Carragher's last season. Rodgers is adamant that advancing years will not stop Carragher making a contribution going forward and believes it is vital he remains at Anfield, whether it is as a player or a coach.

"I had a conversation with Jamie when I first came in," said Rodgers.

"He wasn't sure about where he was at in his career. He has been a stalwart at this club and was a regular until last season.

"But I've been so impressed by him on and off the pitch. I think he can play on. He is one of the guys who is the soul of this club and there has to be a place for someone like him. Whether he wants to play on is up to him.

"I arrived here and heard these stories about him kicking the ball long up the pitch, but this is one of the best technical players we have - left foot, right foot; his touch on the ball, his reading of the game and his tactical intelligence. He has it all.

"No doubt there is a role for him later on but there is no reason why he cannot play on from what I've seen over the last few months. He is a great guy and he wants what is best for the football club."

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