Kenny Dalglish has urged Fabio Capello not to use Andy Carroll during England’s European Championship qualifier against Wales.
The Geordie striker has been used sparingly since signing for Liverpool on deadline day in January, owing to recovery from a groin injury sustained whilst at Newcastle and Dalglish is worried that appearing for England when not quite fully fit will affect his long-term recovery.
The Scot told The Guardian that Liverpool’s medical staff had done a very good job in getting Carroll fit to the point where he was able to start for Thursday’s Europa League tie with Braga. The worry is that picking a still recovering Carroll for England may “waste all that”.
“There is nothing we can do to stop them picking him,” he admitted. “But common sense has to prevail.”
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Liverpool have appeared in European competition every year this side of the Millennium.
With Liverpool now out of the Europa League and six points behind fifth placed Tottenham having played a game more, it appears that their run may finally be coming to an end. Kenny Dalglish refuses to be pessimistic, however, and has called on his Liverpool charges to react to the disappointment of the Braga defeat by returning to form in the Premier League.
“The Europa League was an option for us to get back in next year if we had won it,” he told Skysports.com. Attention then turned to wresting fifth place from Tottenham, Man City or Chelsea. “If we win enough games and get enough goals we will be in Europe,” King Kenny promised.
Sunderland trip latest.
Liverpool’s trip to Sunderland on Sunday is brimming with intriguing subtexts. Last season Liverpool succumbed to the oddest goal in Premier League history, Darren Bent’s shot hitting an errant beach ball thrown from the Liverpool end, wrong-footing Pepe Reina for the winning goal.
Furthermore, it will be the first time since the World Cup quarter-final that Asamoah Gyan and Luis Suarez have lined up against each other. Suarez stopped a certain goal with a deliberate handball on the line and celebrated ecstatically on the touchline when Gyan’s penalty cannoned off the bar, leading Gyan to call Suarez, “the most hated man in Ghana,” according to the Daily Telegraph. Whatever the outcome, it has all the makings of an exhilarating Premier League encounter.