The former Swansea City midfielder struggled to impress sections of the Reds faithful in his first campaign on Merseyside.
Rodgers predicted: "This season I'm sure you'll see Joe feel much more settled at the club. He came in and started very brightly and through injury had probably a difficult period last year.
"He's still a very, very important player for us. We've seen over the course of pre-season, he's now back to what he's best at, which is being really aggressive with and without the ball. I'm sure Joe, along with the other players, will play a key role."
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