The Danish centre-back endured a stop-start 2013-14 season and there were reports that Liverpool might be looking to offload him this summer.
However, he captained the side for Wednesday’s 2-1 friendly loss to his former team Brondby and Rodgers says the 29-year-old is very much part of his plans for the upcoming season.
“Daniel is one of a number of excellent players that we have playing at the back,” said Rodgers.
“He has been unfortunate in the time that I've been at the club because the big issue for Dan has been his availability. He has been out injured for a number of games.
“But he's an excellent player, an international captain, and he's had a very good career at Liverpool.
"He's at a good age, 29, and his experience can be good for us this season. He signed a new contract last season.
"You saw in the first half (against Brondby) that he's an excellent player, a very good footballer and someone that is an important member of our squad."