Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish isn't ready to consign the careers of Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard at Anfield to history, claiming the experienced pair still have much to give.
The duo have racked up over 1000 appearances between them for the Reds, but both were absent during the club's victory over West Bromwich Albion last weekend, the first time neither have started for the club since January.
Gerrard's injury stricken season thus far, coupled with Carragher's inconsistent form for Liverpool has sparked talk that both are coming to the end of their best days on Merseyside, a claim that Dalglish dismisses.
"I don't think anybody can dispute the part they have played in the history of this football club," said Dalglish "They have both played massive roles and will continue to be a huge part of this football club.
"Talismanic figures like them are always difficult to replace but that's part and parcel of this club.
"But it's not an obituary for either of them, they both have a bit more to offer here. They still have some legs in them yet."
Carragher, who suffered an calf strain against Stoke City last week, has encountered increased competition for his place in the Reds defence following the signing of Sebastian Coates, while Gerrard is out for a month with an infection to his right ankle.
With that in mind, Dalglish revealed how he is looking forward to the return of the youth graduates.
"The response from the players has been fantastic," he added. "I think it's a reflection of how strong the squad is now compared to maybe how it was at the end of last season.
"I don't think at the end of last season we'd have coped as well without Carra and Stevie as we have now. But the sooner they are back then the better we will be."
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