Sunday’s Stamford Bridge clash was meant to be all about Fernando Torres. However the change of colours had little effect on Torres’s recent fortunes. His performance was every bit as laboured as so many he produced during his final months at Anfield. The primary reason for this was the towering presence of the returning Jamie Carragher. Indeed, his sliding block on the Spaniard as he found a rare yard of space amongst Liverpool’s back five provided the game’s pivotal moment before the goal.
The goal, coming in the 69th minute, was Raul Meireles’s fourth goal in five games and undoubtedly his most important for the Merseysiders so far, clinching a fourth consecutive win which takes Liverpool to sixth in the Premier League.
Carragher wants Kenny full-time.
In the euphoria following Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Jamie Carragher called for Fenway Sports Group to consider appointing Kenny Dalglish as manager on a permanent basis. The clean sheet marked Carragher’s return to action following a three-month layoff with a dislocated shoulder, and was crucial in marking Fernando Torres out of the game.
“Kenny coming has got everyone onside,” Carragher told The Guardian. “It’s not our decision if he gets the job. That’s up to the club owners. But for everyone, especially me and Stevie (Gerrard), he’s a hero to us. The results are obviously going well. If you’re asking me, obviously I’d love him to be manager.”
Kenny Dalglish refused to be coerced into talking about the departed Fernando Torres as Liverpool shut out the Spaniard to defeat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Instead he preferred to focus on his own team, praising a supremely organised performance which earned Liverpool their fourth consecutive victory.
“Whatever someone else wants to do with their life, that’s their choice,” Dalglish told the Daily Telegraph. “I came here for three points. If Carlo Ancelotti was playing up front, I’d have wanted three points. The personnel and the opposition aren’t important to me.”
The victory sees Liverpool climb to sixth in the Premier League and Dalglish credited the players for their recent improvements. “Sixth is a lot healthier than twelfth, which is where we were when we started. That’s credit to the players, who have given a hundred percent.”