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Liverpool boss Rodgers tribute to Carragher ahead of Euro landmark

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has paid tribute to Jamie Carragher ahead of tonight's Europa League clash with Zenit St Petersburg.

He will make a clean break from Anfield at the end of the season when he retires but, until then, Rodgers has made it clear how important he feels the 35-year-old is to his team.

"To get to 150 European appearances is a remarkable achievement from a genuinely remarkable player," said Rodgers. "Even at 35, in terms of pure defending, he is still the best that we have. He never put a foot wrong in the cup games.

"I just got to the stage where I felt that - and this had nothing to do with how Martin was playing - we needed to be more vocal. The team was quiet and lacked organisation and leadership on the field. My gut feeling was to put Carra back in.

"His performance level since then has been remarkable, really. Why did I not (put him back in) earlier? Sometimes it takes time for you to see it. That was the simple explanation."

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