Carra confident Reds pair will stay

02 July 2010 07:04
iverpool defender Jamie Carragher is confident star players Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres will still be at the club next season.[LNB] The pair have both been the subject of speculation this summer following the Reds' failure to qualify for the Champions League and the departure of manager Rafael Benitez.[LNB]Some observers believe retaining their services is one of the first tasks facing new boss Roy Hodgson but Carragher expects them to stay at Anfield.[LNB]The 32-year-old told talkSPORT: "I think there is a lot of talk about this but the people who say these things, a lot of them are doing this to create a bit of pressure around the club.[LNB]"I don't think anyone knows these people personally to come out and say that.[LNB]"I am sure they will still be involved at the club next season and if they are the aim for the club will be to get back into the Champions League."[LNB]Hodgson stated at his unveiling yesterday that his goal for next season is to get Liverpool back into the elite European competition.[LNB]Carragher added: "We didn't just miss out, we finished seventh. That is a big disappointment.[LNB]"If we could get back in there that would be a great achievement for the club and the manager.[LNB]"It is going to be a tough season but if we keep the players we have got and get back to where we were a few years ago I am sure we will give everyone a run for their money."[LNB]Carragher is looking forward to working with veteran boss Hodgson, who led Fulham to the Europa League final last season.[LNB]"I think it is a great appointment by the club," he said. "I am sure we can move on from this and it will go well."[LNB]

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