Liverpool visit Goodison Park tomorrow.
"Gareth Barry has been a brilliant professional throughout his career," said Rodgers. "He was a young player at Brighton and then he made his way through and he's been the ultimate professional.
"Any player who I have ever spoken to and who has worked with him agrees. You wouldn't survive as long in the game unless you're an outstanding professional. On top of that, he's a very good player.
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