Kenny Dalglish gets injury boost

Veteran Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is set to hold his hand up for selection against Chelsea at the weekend, as the former England international has recovered from injury.

The 33-year-old has been on the sidelines after picking up a thigh injury against Stoke in the Carling Cup last month, and has been absent for The Reds’ last two games.

However Anfield first-team coach Steve Clark feels that Carragher has made sufficient progress to be considered for selection in the game at Stamford Bridge.

“Jamie has joined in training over the last couple of days and looked good,” Clarke told the club’s official website.

“He was out for a couple of weeks with a minor calf injury. We just made sure he took his time, recovered from it, and he’s trained well these past couple of days.

“He’ll be in contention for the weekend if there are no mishaps between now and the game,” the trainer concluded.

The match in London on Sunday starts a tricky period for the Merseyside club, with another trip to Stamford Bridge to take on The Blues in the Carling Cup and a home game against Manchester City also in the pipeline over the next fortnight.

Kenny Dalglish’s men have looked devoid of leadership with Carragher and Steven Gerrard on the sidelines, and the defender’s return to fitness is a real boost for Liverpool.

By Gareth McKnight