Jamie Carragher ready to step in

Daniel Agger is set to be sidelined for up to a month after suffering a broken rib against Cardiff in the Carling Cup final, with Liverpool ready to recall veteran defender Jamie Carragher in his place.

The Denmark international will need to spend time on the sidelines to recuperate and recover, with Carrager set to partner Martin Skrtel in the centre of The Reds’ defence against Arsenal this weekend.

Carragher was pleased with the Merseyside club’s Wembley success last weekend, and is now eyeing Champions League qualification.

“We have achieved something but there are still two targets to go for, the top four and FA Cup,” he told the club’s official website.

“The top four has been made more difficult by other results this weekend. But we want to come back here again. We want to play in the semi-final and the final.

“We should be looking to get into Europe every year through our league position rather than through winning the Carling Cup.

“It’s great that we have qualified for the Europa League, of course it is, but we want to do that through our league position. The next step is trying to get back into the Champions League,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight