Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have plenty to offer - Kenny Daglish

04 November 2011 10:02
Kenny Dalglish has warned it would be foolish to write obituaries for the careers of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher as he insisted they will continue to shape Liverpool's future.

Gerrard has hardly featured during Dalglish's second spell as Liverpool manager - he has only started eight games since January - and will be absent until after the international due to the effects of an ankle infection.

Don't write him off just yet: Dalglish insists Gerrard isn't finished

He underwent a small procedure in hospital last weekend to drain his ankle but Dalglish says the signs since have been good and the infection is not connected to the one Gerrard contracted in his groin in July.

Veteran defender Carragher, meanwhile, has failed to recover from the calf strain he sustained during the Carling Cup win at Stoke and will also miss tomorrow's home date with Swansea.

Liverpool had little trouble coping without the influential duo at West Brom but Dalglish has made it clear Gerrard, 31, and Carragher, 33, will be needed if the club wants to get back into the top four.

Centre of attention: Carragher injured his calf in the Carling Cup win at Stoke

'They still have some legs in them yet,' said Dalglish. 'We haven't reached that part yet. They both have a big part to play here and they will both play a big part.

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'They have both played massive roles and will continue to be a huge part. Talismanic figures like them are always difficult to replace but that's part and parcel of this club.

'We would much rather have both of them available. But if they aren't, we have to brush ourselves down and get on with it. But it's not an obituary for either of them - they both have a good bit more to offer here.'

Dalglish has again urged the FA to swiftly draw a line under the investigation to the racism row that has hung over striker Luis Suarez since for almost three weeks.

The FA have visited Melwood this week to speak to Suarez following the allegations made by Manchester United defender Patrice Evra and the investigation remains on-going.

Dalglish said: 'I think it is in everybody's interests to get it resolved as quickly as possible. Let's make sure the perpetrator is punished because no one wants what has happened.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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