Carragher tells Liverpool to shape up without Gerrard
19 November 2010 10:00
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Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has urged the team to rise to the challenge of losing captain Steven Gerrard for up to a month.
Scans revealed the Reds skipper had sustained a grade two hamstring tear in England's friendly defeat to France on Wednesday, having played 25 minutes longer than agreed.
One startling statistic this season is that all the team's goals have either come from, or been created by Gerrard or Fernando Torres.
With the captain now out for a month it could easily be argued Liverpool have lost at least 50% of their cutting edge.
But Carragher, who will lead the side in the 30-year-old's absence, insists they have to adapt and cope - starting against Barclays Premier League bottom side West Ham at Anfield.
"There is no doubt Steven will be missed whether we win, lose or draw because he is such an important player here," said Carragher, who recently described Gerrard as the best player in the club's history. But it is up to us to perform well and lessen the impact, like when we beat Spurs (2-0) in January without him and Fernando."