Brendan Rodgers says local duo Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher are “vital” to Liverpool FC and that they “will play an important role going forward.”
The new Reds boss said “I believe your senior players are vital. In particular these two, they are the life and soul of this club and have been important members of the group here for a number of years.
Speaking to the official LFC website this week, Rodgers praised Gerrard’s performances for England at Euro 2012;
“He was wonderful in the Championship and he is on his break at the moment but he very kindly wanted to come in and have a chat.”
“He is a great role model for this club, a wonderful inspirational player and a great captain on and off the field.”
Carragher, the club’s vice-captain, returned to training alongside other first team players who have not been involved in internationals, on Wednesday. Rodgers said;
“I’ve had a couple of really good footballing conversations with Jamie – I love his enthusiasm and passion for football.
“He is at the stage of his career where the coaching side becomes a bit more prominent and he has a real keen interest in it.
“He has good knowledge of the game and he is interested – you get some players who are not interested in football.
“Jamie is very much like myself, he’ll be up until two o’clock in the morning watching German football and I thought he spoke very well (as a Euro 2012 television pundit) and represented himself and the club very well.”