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Rodgers admits Liverpool are missing Carragher

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By Josh Harris

Wednesday 04 December 2013

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted he is struggling to find the right defensive formula without Jamie Carragher at the club after his retirement in May, writes ESPN.

Brendan Rodgers & Jamie Carragher

Carragher enjoyed a 16-year spell in Liverpool’s first team and has left a void in the side since his departure.

Rodgers decided to sign three central defenders in the hope to replace the former vice-captain, but none have stamped sufficient authority in the Liverpool side.

The former Swansea boss said: "It's probably the first job I have been in where there have been lots of areas I have been happy and settled in but central defence is an important area.

"It's something I need to look at in order to get that consistency we had in the second half of the season with Jamie Carragher. There has been lots of change - and some of that has been down to me - knowing every game is an absolute cup final for us. If I feel I have need to change it going into a game to get a result, then I will do.

"But of course, I also need to look at it from the coaching perspective as well, that a little run in the team might breed the consistency even though we have had to change a number of positions.”

Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori were all signed by Rodgers in the summer and various combinations have been used by the manager to decide what works best for the defence.

Daniel Agger began the season at centre-back, but was forced to be replaced by Martin Skrtl after picking up a rib injury.

Liverpool are currently fourth in the Premier League table, seven points adrift from league leaders Arsenal.

The Reds host Norwich City on Wednesday evening at Anfield, with the Canaries holding one of the lowest scoring tallies in the league.

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