Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish: Jamie Carragher ‘the club’s best defender for many, many years’

Liverpool's Jamie Carragher (right) and Chelsea's Fernando Torres shake hands before kick off last weekend.
Liverpool's Jamie Carragher (right) and Chelsea's Fernando Torres shake hands before kick off last weekend.
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LIVERPOOL manager Kenny Dalglish believes veteran defender Jamie Carragher still has plenty to offer the club.

The Reds vice-captain, who signed a new two-year contract in October, turned 33 last month but his performance in last weekend's victory over Chelsea highlighted his value.

In his first match in over two months after recovering from shoulder surgery, he helped stifle the threat of £50million former team-mate Fernando Torres on his debut.

Dalglish said: "He's a fantastic influence in and around the place but if he's on the pitch he can be a far greater influence.

"He was fantastic last Sunday. It's a great credit to him that he got through the game. It's a great credit to his professionalism and the respect he has for his body because it had been a while since he last played.

"He's probably been the club's best defender for many years. I don't think there's anything original you can say about a guy who is 33 years of age.

"He is everything that everybody knows he is. He is a great credit and asset to this football club, and he'll be invaluable to us going forward."

Dalglish will give captain Steve Gerrard (groin) a fitness test ahead of tomorrow's home match against Wigan.

But teen midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is out for three months with a knee tendon injury.