JAMIE CARRAGHER admits he was disappointed to see Kenny Dalglish lose his job at Liverpool – but insists the club must rally behind new manager Brendan Rodgers.
Following a frustrating season in the Premier League, Dalglish was sacked by the Reds’ American owners, the Fenway Sports Group, last month and replaced by Swansea City boss Rodgers.
Carragher says it was hard to see Dalglish and members of his backroom staff leave Anfield but is excited about the new era under the Northern Irishman.
The Liverpool defender believes the manner in which Swansea played under Rodgers impressed everyone, most of all the club’s owners.
“We all looked at how Swansea played last season and it was a breath of fresh air and one of the reasons he has got the job,” said Carragher. “He has a lot of experience coaching wise and has worked with Jose Mourinho so we are looking forward to it.
“I’m disappointed for Kenny Dalglish and his staff because we got on great with them but we have to move forward now and get right behind the manager.”
Carragher has been amongst the most vocal critics following England’s quarter-final exit at the European Championships to Italy and says a culture change is necessary if their tournament record is to improve.
Andrea Pirlo has received high praise for the way he controlled the game in Kiev but Carragher insists if his Liverpool club-mate Gerrard had been afforded such room to play then he would have hurt Italy in the same way. “If Steven Gerrard had been given that amount of time and space then he would have done well like Andrea Pirlo did,” he said. “The way England set up was so deep and so defensive. When they received the ball all the players were on top of each other.
“It was happening from the first game against France.
“Steven created a lot of goals, he was an authority figure in the middle of the pitch. He will carry on being captain until the World Cup in Brazil.”