Liverpool boss Rodgers sees Swansea's Williams as No1 Carragher replacement

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers sees Swansea City defender Ashley Williams as the ideal replacement for Jamie Carragher.

Securing the services of a dominant centre-back is the club's overriding priority in the next transfer window and Williams tops their shortlist, says the Liverpool Echo.

Rodgers worked with the 28-year-old during his two years in charge of the Swans and believes he has all the qualities required to succeed at Anfield.

The Wales international skipper, who only penned a new deal back in October, is under contract until 2015 and would command a fee of around £8million. He has also attracted interest from Arsenal.

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