Kenny Dalglish confident without key duo

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has admitted that the absence of Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard is a blow for the club, but the team can succeed without the long standing duo.

Gerrard has suffered an injury setback after a seven month lay-off, and will be unavailable for 2-3 weeks due to an ankle injury, whilst Carragher is also on the sidelines at present.

Despite praising the homegrown pair’s influence on the Anfield outfit, the Scottish coach has confidence in the remainder of his squad.

“We would much rather have both of them available, but if they aren’t then we can’t walk about with self-pity. We have to brush ourselves down and get on with it,” Dalglish told Mirror Football.

“The response from the players has been fantastic, and it was a great achievement for the boys to get a result at West Brom last Saturday without them. I think that’s a reflection of how strong the squad is now compared to maybe how it was at the end of last season.

“I don’t think at the end of last season we’d have coped as well without Carra and Stevie as we have now. We won’t be complacent in any way, shape or form. The sooner they are back then the better we will be,” he concluded.

Liverpool host Swansea on Saturday at Anfield, and the Merseyside faithful will be baying for three points to bolster their top four finish ambitions.

By Gareth McKnight