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It's been hard to deal with the exits of Suarez, Carragher and now Gerrard - Liverpool's Rodgers

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits he has had some difficult moments in seeing key personnel depart the club recently.

Club great Steven Gerrard is all set to depart from Anfield at the end of the season to play in MLS with LA Galaxy and Rodgers has conceded that it has been tough to deal with the departures of the likes of Jamie Carragher, Luis Suarez and now Gerrard.

Veteran defender Carragher retired at the end of Rodgers' debut season at Anfield while Luis Suarez moved to Barcelona in a high profile £75million in the summer.

"I look back and think there are things you have to manage," said Rodgers.

"The situation here with arguably the greatest player to have played for the club coming towards the end of his career, Luis Suarez, one of the greats, and Jamie Carragher.

"These are challenges. It is about managing all these situations while trying to build a team to make this club competitive again at the very highest level for every level. You earn your money."

Liverpool will travel to Swansea City on Monday night as they look to bridge the five-point gap with the Premier League's top four.

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