LIVERPOOL vice-captain Jamie Carragher retires in two weeks and is confident he will leave the club in a healthy position.
There has been much debate about how manager Brendan Rodgers will replace an experienced centre-back with 735 appearances.
But the player himself believes the side has matured during this season – admittedly with him at the heart of defence for half of it.
Early on in Rodgers' reign, with the new manager trying to introduce his ideas, teenagers like Andre Wisdom, Raheem Sterling and Suso were all featuring on a regular basis.
But since January the Reds boss has settled on a more experienced line-up and results have improved.
"Looking at the season I think if you remember the start it was difficult with the transfer window situation," said Carragher.
"From the start we had a lot of young lads in there and it wasn't easy.
"The second half of the season there has been more experience and the manager has implemented his ideas more and you can see that in results in and around January-February time."
"The manager made a couple of signings (Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho) in January which gave us a boost... but we have to take it into next season."
The goalless draw in Sunday's 220th Merseyside derby was Liverpool's 15th clean sheet of the season – three more than last year.
"I think only Manchester City are ahead of us (in clean sheets). But it is about coming together as a team and winning games, whether you keep clean sheets or score lots of goals the main thing is getting three points."