Dalglish waiting on Carragher and Carroll fitness

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has revealed that Andy Carroll and Jamie Carragher will undergo further tests over injuries before they can take on Birmingham on Saturday.

"We'll have to wait and see on Carra and Andy before the weekend, but it's only Thursday morning before we've even trained, so we've not got anything conclusive about either," the Liverpool manager said.

Both Carroll and Carragher sustained injuries in the Liverpool match up with Arsenal last weekend, with Carroll jarring his knee, and Carragher suffering a head injury after colliding with youngster John Flanagan.

Should neither play on the weekend, it will surely be a blow for Liverpool, with Carragher serving as a great defender and Carroll just opening up his goal account since his £35 million signing in January.


Liverpool are currently still in contention to qualify for the Europa League, and are just five points from fifth placed Tottenham.

Dalglish does have a good quality back up though, with Liverpool's youth being praised by pundits and fans alike. And while the manager has been thankful for top quality youth coming into the Liverpool squad, Dalglish says he is keeping the youngsters grounded as he hands them their first starts with the big boys.

"We're delighted with what they've done and the fact it's been against Man City and Arsenal speaks volumes for them and the way they've been brought up," Dalglish said.

"We just hope it continues, but at the same time we're not going to get carried away and we're not going to destroy the boys.

"We've got to be conscious of the fact they are only kids and we've got to know, and look for, any wee signs maybe it's a proper time to give them a rest if they need it. We've got to look after them and be consistent.

"We've got to keep our feet on the ground. There's no chance of yourselves (journalists) keeping your feet on the ground, so we've got to do that for them."

A win on Saturday against Birmingham would push Liverpool’s chances for a fifth place finish, and allow the Anfield club to possibly even challenge for a top four spot and Champions League qualification.

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