Rodgers had no doubts about his selection, though, having this week described his team as "quiet".
"Jamie Carragher has not put a foot wrong for me since I've been here. He has been absolutely brilliant," the Reds boss said.
"He hasn't played as much as he would have liked - he's played a lot of the cup games - and I hope not to put a curse on him but I can't remember him making mistake in a game for me.
"I just felt we needed his leadership. We are a quiet team and he is a great organiser and manages the game well. He has great experience and he can play football.
"I thought him coming in would give us that bit of extra leadership and I thought he was fantastic."