On Sunday he will become only the second Liverpool player after Ian Callaghan to make his 500th league appearance - and 729th of his 16-year Reds career - when Tottenham visit Anfield.
"It's a remarkable effort to play that number of games at this level - huge applause to him and great credit to his professionalism," Rodgers said.
"He's a remarkable professional, how he's looked after himself all his life.
"You play for a club like Liverpool and the pressures are near enough incomparable to most other clubs.
"To be here for this length of time and commit yourself to the cause - being a local boy as well - be as successful as he has been and still at 35 be an outstanding performer shows the impact he has made as a footballer.
"He's very focused on the last games and I hope he can continue with the form he has shown since he was brought into the team recently."