Why it would be a mistake for Rodgers to force Carragher U-turn

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is reportedly trying to talk Jamie Carragher out of his decision to retire at the end of the season.

Jamie Carragher has stepped up admirably after Brendan Rodgers first dropped Martin Skrtel from the side, which has allowed the old war horse to find some form and consistency which has kept him in the team.

There are no signs at the moment that Carragher is going to go back on his decision to retire at the end of the season and there are many reasons why Liverpool should leave things at that and not try to get him to do a u-turn.

Carragher is an individual who still has a lot to offer Liverpool and they will miss out on the benefits of his natural coaching-esque charisma if he plays on.

He’s the sort of person with a profile at the club, which means he could walk straight into a coaching role at Anfield if that’s where he decided to take his career once he’s finished with playing.

That could have a huge positive effect over the back four because it would allow Carragher to get a lot more hands on with coaching and organisation of defenders than he already does.

His playing on will also mean that Liverpool could stand to miss out on some of the best value and highest quality centre backs, that could be available in the summer.

One good example is Toby Alderweireld at Ajax, rated at around £7 million and a player who has already said that he would jump at the chance to play for the Anfield side.

If Carragher going back on retirement means that Liverpool don’t go for him, then that means one of their rivals is likely to come in and snap Ajax’s hand off for that fee because he seems like a player who is worth quite a bit more than the reports suggest.

Liverpool would also miss out on the chance to replace Carragher with a player who eradicates the current weaknesses, though few, in the defender’s game.

Carragher has lost all of his pace, which he had in spades during the early part of his career. If Liverpool replace him with a quicker centre back then it means they can afford to play a higher line instead of dropping deeper and compensating for that one side of Carragher’s game.

If the club bring in an able replacement then they will also be able to play him for a higher ratio of games. Carragher’s age means it takes longer for him to recover between matches, which is significant because it looks as though the club will secure Europa League football again for next season.

Liverpool will miss one of their greatest ever defenders but Rodgers has a chance to start fresh, bring in a hungry player and someone who can benefit from Carragher’s years of experience externally as well as compensating for the slight weaknesses in his game.

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