Rodgers reiterated his appreciation for the hard-working defender and expanded on why the No.38 should be credited for battling his way into first-team contention during the past six weeks.
"There was only one club who came in for him on loan, a League One club. No-one wanted to take him on loan," said the 40-year-old.
"He is a terrific boy; he has played for the U21s side, he has played in practice games when there are about two people watching and he has played in pre-season with thousands of people watching - and he doesn't change.
"I thought going back a few games, when he got into the team against Everton, that this was a kid who can handle it. Since he came in and played in the derby - and was man of the match against Everton - he has been fantastic.
"His confidence is growing and growing all the time. His goal was a brilliant finish; I'm delighted for him. As a local boy, you could see how much it meant to him and the supporters."
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