Liverpool Daily – Carragher backs Dalglish as Ancelotti praises Reds

As Liverpool’s season continues through its renaissance, the case for Kenny Dalglish to become the next permanent Anfield manager grows – with the latest words of support coming from two experienced players currently thriving under his new regime.

Following Jamie Carragher’s staunch performance against Chelsea, the 59-year-old Scot was quick to lavish praise on his centre-back, likening him to a new signing – following his return from a three- month absence due to a dislocated shoulder, and the defender was unequivocal in his response which endorsed the impact of his temporary manager:“Things have improved now and Kenny coming has got everyone onside but that’s not our decision, (whether he stays full-time), that’s up to the club owners.” He continued:“For everyone, especially me and Stevie [Gerrard], he’s a hero. The results are obviously going very well – if you’re asking me, obviously I’d love him to be the manager.” Gerrard also backed-up his vice-captain’s sentiments: “I want to do everything in my power to ensure that he stays here for a long time, beyond the initial six months.”

With respect coming from all quarters, the Scot himself continues to play down his achievements since talking over from Roy Hodgson; the former also insisted no talk of his long-term future has yet taken place with the owners: “I’m only doing what I said I would come in and do, which is help and I’ll never stand in the way of progress at this football club.” He added: “I have never had a conversation with the owners beyond what I had when I came in. That’s where we stand at the moment and until there is more to discuss, that is where we are.”

Following the Reds’ robust display, Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted it was the first-class organisation of his opponents which rebuffed his side’s attempts to win the game: “We had difficulty finding enough space in front, because Liverpool defended very well and they put three defenders in the middle, and we didn’t find the right way to attack them.” The Italian explained further: “We were too slow playing from the back. We didn’t find the space; they played very well, with fantastic power, play and attitude. Obviously they can come back to fight for fourth place.”

Meanwhile, captain Gerrard and defender Martin Kelly have both withdrawn from their respective England squads, after the duo picked up niggling injuries following the Stamford Bridge victory. Gerrard was expected to skipper the England side for their trip to face Denmark – with Rio Ferdinand also absent – but a groin strain means he will not travel with the squad. As for Kelly – the right-back who has been an ever-present under Dalglish – he pulled out the under-21 side to face Italy due to a knock, also picked up on Sunday.

Probable team to face Wigan on Saturday, in a 5-4-1 formation:

Reina, Johnson, Kelly, Agger, Carragher, Skrtel, Lucas, Meireles, Gerrard, Suarez, Kuyt.

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