Liverpool transfers: Rodgers admits Reds need defensive reinforcements

Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers admits that the Reds are likely to have to bring in defensive reinforcements in the summer

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Brendan Rodgers is expected to bolster his defensive options in the summer WBUR, via Flickr

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Brendan Rodgers admits that Liverpool are likely to have to bring in defensive reinforcements in the summer transfer window, with Jamie Carragher set to retire at the end of the season.

The Liverpool boss has bolstered his attacking options by recruiting the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Fabio Borini since taking over from Kenny Dalglish last summer.

But the Northern Irishman admits that the Reds look set to be left short in the defensive department when the 35-year-old Carragher hangs up his boots in the summer.

“We’re going to be light in that area. We have to assess it between now and the end of the season,” Rodgers told a news conference on Friday.

“That’s the one area of the field where we haven’t brought anyone in. We’ve brought midfield players and front players into the group, but as of yet there has been no one in that area.

“We’re going to lose Jamie, which is a big loss. There is no player that is irreplaceable but he’s a big loss.

“You see his experience and how he leads the line, and when you’re playing as a defender you need someone who is vocal in there who can organise the line. He does that remarkably well.

“But I’ve also got really good players here. Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel – we’ve got some really, really good players.

“Between now and the end of the season we know we need to strengthen the group and that’s something we’ll look at doing.

“If it’s not something we’ve got in the group we may need that kind of character, who can organise and lead. That’s something we’ll have a look at.”

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