KENNY DALGLISH has praised England Under-21s boss Stuart Pearce for his handling of Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson.
The Reds midfielder, who has been appointed captain by Pearce, played a starring role in last Thursday’s 6-0 thrashing of Azerbaijan.
However, rather than retain his services ahead of the under-21s’ friendly with Israel last night, Pearce sent him back to Melwood so he could start to prepare for the Reds’ trip to Stoke on Saturday.
“We’re very grateful for that gesture and it was very much appreciated,” Dalglish said.
“It was a good bit of common sense by Stuart Pearce. With it being a friendly he was going to look at a few other players so rather than keep Jordan with the squad he released him back to us.
“It’s important clubs and international managers work together – it’s all about building bridges.
“It was an intelligent decision and we thank him for that.
“Jordan did very well for the under-21s and we’ve been delighted with him as well.”
Reds duo Andre Wisdom and Jonjo Shelvey both started the under-21s’ 4-1 win over Israel at Oakwell last night with Jon Flanagan an unused substitute.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have remained tight-lipped over Fabio Capello’s comments about striker Andy Carroll ahead of England’s Euro 2012 qualifier with Wales at Wembley tonight.
The England boss was repeatedly quizzed about the Reds frontman who failed to make the bench for last Friday’s 3-0 victory in Bulgaria.
Capello, who earlier this year revealed he had told Carroll to reduce his alcohol intake, said: “Andy needs to be careful.
“I don’t know anything about his lifestyle. It is a private problem that I never spoke about.
“But if you want to be a good player and a good sportsman, you need to drink less than the others. He is not at the top of his form at the moment but he was fantastic in the last two training sessions.
“I was really happy with him and told him he needs to do the same when he goes back to Liverpool.
“He will be a really important player for Liverpool and for us.”
Liverpool declined to comment but Dalglish has previously made it clear he has no concerns whatsoever about Carroll’s lifestyle and has praised the striker for his work ethic after overcoming the injuries which hampered him last season.
The Reds face an anxious wait to discover whether Charlie Adam will be fit for Saturday’s game against Stoke.
The midfielder has returned to Melwood after being ruled out of Scotland’s clash with Lithuania tonight due to a hip injury.
“Charlie is back with us and we will just have to wait and see how he responds to treatment,” Dalglish said. “It’s too early to know about the weekend yet.”