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Liverpool boss Rodgers: We must respect Carragher decision

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Jamie Carragher's decision to retire must be respected.

The veteran defender will hang up his boots this summer.

Rodgers told "I have to respect that the reason why he made the announcement was purely to get it out there so he can focus on his football.

"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.

"It's a remarkable effort to play that number of games at this level - huge applause to him and great credit to his professionalism."

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