Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has conceded that he is likely to face some difficulty replacing Jamie Carragher when the defender retires at the end of the season.
Carragher, who has made over 700 appearances for the Reds, has been instrumental in Rodgers’ first year at the club. However, the 35-year-old has knocked back calls from his manager to delay his retirement as he prepares for life as a pundit alongside Gary Neville & co on the Sky Sports team.
Rodgers said: "You see him now at thirty-five, he’s at the top of his game, he’s absolutely outstanding.
"Having worked with him now for so long I can clearly see why he was one of Europe’s top defenders for so many years. We’ll have to search far and wide to find somebody to be at that level but it’s difficult.”
FC Twente’s Douglas, who is available on a free transfer in the summer, is reportedly a candidate to replace veteran Carragher. The club are also said to be interested in Swansea City skipper Ashley Williams, who could be the ideal substitute having already worked under Rodgers at his former club in Wales.
Youth team products Andre Wisdom, Martin Kelly and John Flanagan have also been touted as possible replacements in the future, and it remains to be seen as to which option Rodgers opts to take.