In an interview printed in The Sunday Telegraph, the Anfield hero addressed a number of issues and urged critics of Dalglish to “remember where we were when Kenny took over”.
“The club were on their knees. We’d gone through a difficult period and found ourselves in a poor position in the league.”
“Kenny took over and it wasn’t just that he gave everyone a lift in terms of his presence around the club, but most importantly with performances and results.”
On the subject of the Reds poor league form this year, he admits the disappointment in the camp with the recent run of results, but recognises that the current side is a work in progress , and insists that Kenny Dalglish is the only man to lead the Merseyside club to future success.
“We all recognise we’ve come up short in the league compared to where we’d like to be – because we wanted to be closer to the top four…..(but)We were just starting the process again so you can’t just expect it happen immediately.”
Nearing his 700th appearance in a Reds shirt the centre-back is never one to shirk responsibility, and he feels that Liverpool’s senior players ought to take their share of the blame for this seasons shortcomings too, rather than letting the new signings take the blame.
“As a group of players, we need to improve and it’s not fair just talking about the new ones. It’s not easy learning what it means to play for Liverpool. There’s far more additional expectation and pressure here.”
Although he did admit that some new signings would be necessary in the summer, Carra thinks that this season’s new boys will be all the stronger for having a full campaign at the club under their belts.
“Maybe we need a couple of new players next season to push us on, and we hope the players we bought this season will then go on to another level after a year’s experience playing for the club.”
When asked about the Dalglish’s future as manager, Carragher answered unequivocally:
“He’s the one here who knows what it means to win a league title and what we’ve got to do going forward…There isn’t anyone else here with experience of winning a league title. It’s ridiculous anyone would dismiss his experience and achievements in the game when he’s started getting Liverpool winning trophies again already.”
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