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Jamie Carragher retired from playing football at the end of the last season and according to Brendan Rodgers he still has not been able to find someone that can be his successor.

Even though Liverpool has enjoyed a very impressive season so far, they however have been victims of poor goals at Everton and later against Hull as they dropped the chance to get a higher spot in the Premier League.

The centre-halves Daniel Agger, Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho have all been tried with different formations and combinations but Rodgers says that the absence of Carragher can still be felt not only by him but the team as well. They had to say good-bye not only to one of their most valuable assets in the defensive back-line of the team but also to a leader inside and outside of the pitch.

"The last couple of games, we were disappointed with the goals and obviously we made mistakes. It has been the difficulty for us, getting that balance, the partnership that could cope with all types of strikers," he explained.

"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 - I felt at times I needed to change defenders to get a result.

"But I know this is an important area of the team and is something I need to look at in order to get consistency we had in the second half of the season with Jamie Carragher."

Sakho was signed with a price tag of £17million from PSG but the 23 years old defender has still not adapted to the physical requirements that the Premier League demands and while Agger is fit he has been struggling against aerial threats.

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