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Carragher earns legend status at Liverpool

SoccerNews in English Premier League 30 Apr 2011

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Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher reaches another milestone in his Anfield career on Sunday.

Carragher will make his 665th appearance for Liverpool against Newcastle United, moving equal second with Ray Clemence and Emlyn Hughes in the list of all-time appearances.

Only Ian Callaghan, on 857, will be ahead of the 33-year-old, who made his Liverpool debut in 1997.

The upcoming honour has earned special praise from his manager Kenny Dalglish.

“Carra has been a fantastic servant to this football club,” Dalglish said.

“He’s filled in loyally and comfortably in many positions and he’s someone who has been very pleased to be associated with Liverpool and we’re pleased to be associated with him.”

Carragher has already passed Ian Rush, Phil Neal, Tommy Smith and Bruce Grobbelaar after making 34 appearances this campaign, and Dalglish believes he deserves to be mentioned among such legendary Anfield names.

“Talent is a good starting point,” Dalglish said.

“Starting in the first team at 18 is another good starting point and not picking up too many injuries helps, but the most important thing is his ability and his desire and commitment to this football club.”

Carragher has captained the side recently in Steven Gerrard’s absence, and his form has helped in Liverpool’s upsurge, which has seen them take 27 points from their last 14 games.

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