Liverpool favourite John Aldridge has claimed that Jon Flanagan can be the next Jamie Carragher for the club after the youngster produced a stellar performance against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.
Flanagan has broken into the Reds first team this month and the 20 year old scored his first goal for the side as they thrashing Spurs 5-0 on Sunday to leap into second in the Premier League table.
While there were reports that Rodgers may send the starlet on loan this season to increase his chances of game time it would appear he is being well used in the squad now, particularly in the absence of Jose Enrique.
And Aldridge believes that being Liverpool born-and-bred Flanagan could turn out to be a legendary defender for the side in years to come.
"What a moment for Jon Flanagan at White Hart Lane," he said in the Liverpool Echo.
"You could see from the celebrations just how pleased everyone was for the young defender to score his first Liverpool goal.
"It was great to see him in that position and the finish was brilliant. Since Flanagan came into the side last month he's been excellent. Nothing fazes him. He was up against Aaron Lennon on Sunday but he had him in his back pocket.
"It was the same against Everton when he really stepped up against Kevin Mirallas. We need Scouse lads in the side and the hope is that Flanagan will go on to become the next Jamie Carragher."
Flanagan made the move from Liverpool's youth side into the senior line-up in 2010 and he has had multiple chances with the England Under 21 side.
Having yet to reach his full potential, the Merseyside-born full back has many more plaudits to come and Rodgers will likely continue to favour him for selection as his form improves.