Leaving out Carragher my most difficult decision, says Liverpool boss Rodgers
Thursday 20 September 2012
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that not rewarding the hard work in training of Jamie Carragher is the most difficult aspect of his job as Liverpool manager, the Daily Mirror has revealed. Carragher will however feature in Thursday’s Europa League match with Young Boys, where he will captain the otherwise young team that takes to the field.
Rodgers added that Carragher never enters less than the maximum effort in training and the former Swansea City boss wants to acknowledge that with a start in the Premier League of a weekend, but regrets that he is not always able to do so. Rodgers has largely thus far preferred Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel at the heart of the defence.
“For me this is the hardest part of my job - [Carragher] is the hardest part of my job, because every day of his life he comes in and he gives his all. He works himself to a standstill every day of his life. And guys like that I want to put in the team when it matters,” Rodgers said.
He continued: “That is the most difficult decision I have as the manager of Liverpool - seeing him every day give his life to the club as hard as he does and then not being able to give him a shirt in the starting XI at the weekend.”
Rodgers went on to say that while he believes the 34-year-old Carragher should continue playing, there will be a place for him on the backroom staff if he chooses to call it a day in the near future, describing the defender as “the soul of the club.”
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