Dalglish - We`ve covered for missing duo

Wed, 21 Dec 08:08:16 2011

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes his squad are coping well without experienced duo Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

Gerrard, who has played only five matches this season having recovered from a March groin operation, has been sidelined for the last two months with an ankle problem. Carragher was injured at Stoke in October but although he has returned to full fitness he has found himself on the bench and has missed a total of seven Barclays Premier League matches.

Liverpool have taken 14 points from those fixtures and, while Dalglish knows the pair add undoubted strength, he believes the other players have more than made up for the absences.

"They (Gerrard and Carragher) have played a few games but we always said the strength of the club is how good the squad is and we are delighted with the quality in it," said the Reds boss ahead of Wednesday night's trip to Wigan.

"If Jamie and Stevie are fit we are even stronger but the lads have done very well.

"In someone else's eyes some people may have made a greater contribution than others but they all have a part to play and we look forward to everyone being fit and then we have a problem picking the team."


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