New manager 'galvanised the team and fans' says Carragher

Jamie Carragher has hailed the galvanising effect Kenny Dalglish has had on the squad since taking over a month ago. Sunday's win at Chelsea was the Reds' fourth in succession in a five-match unbeaten run which has lifted them to sixth in the Premier League.

There has been a noticeable change on the pitch since the 59-year-old took over from Roy Hodgson, with performances, as well as results, on an upward curve.

Carragher believes that is mainly due to Dalglish, in his second spell as manager, as he has brought stability to all aspects of the operation at Anfield – especially among fans who had turned against Hodgson.

"What Kenny's done has got the club all as one; supporters are behind everything and it helps that the players and supporters are that together," said the defender. "It wasn't like that at the start of the season unfortunately for Roy Hodgson, but Kenny coming in has galvanised the supporters who are behind the team again.

"His record as a manager is fantastic, one of the top managers around, he's won four championships. But it's hard to put your finger on and say this manager is doing something different or that it's better. That's disrespectful but it's going well at the moment and so we'll enjoy that."

The winning run has helped ensure there has been no adverse fallout from the £50m departure of Fernando Torres to Chelsea.

Liverpool's new arrival Luis Suarez watched from the bench at Stamford Bridge while the club's record signing Andy Carroll has yet to feature because of injury.

Carragher insisted those two players meant the squad could look to the future and not mourn the loss of Torres. "Time will tell if we've come out of transfer window stronger and how we'll be talking about who got the better end of the deal," he told the Liverpool Echo. "For us, if Torres does well at Chelsea, good luck to him, as long as he doesn't play well against us.

"We've got to focus on what Carroll and Suarez can do for us, I'm sure they can be great signings. At Liverpool most games you're expected to win, so can't get too carried away as the standards here are so high."

The Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles was the match-winner with his fourth goal in five matches.



Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen