CARRA BACKS NEW SIGNINGS

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said that the new signings Liverpool have made this season are not alone to blame for the poor season they have experienced this season.

Liverpool just recently concluded the Premier league season in the worst possible fashion after losing 1-0 to Swansea. This means that they will finish the season with the record lows tally of points for more than 50 years. It is a very poor return on more than £ 100 million spent on new talent in the summer by manager Kenny Dalglish, who paid for the poor return by losing his job recently.

Jamie Carragher, who has been part of Liverpool for the best part of 20 years, has said that the new players alone are not responsible for the situation Liverpool currently find themselves in. Despite having won the Carling cup this season – their first major trophy in six years, the Liverpool owners decided to sack Kenny Dalglish. Stewart Downing, Andy Carroll, and Jordan Henderson are some of the new signings who have been extremely criticised for their poor performances this season. Carragher believes that some of the experienced players should take the blame as well.

"I think they have had a lot of unfair criticism. Henderson, Downing, [Charlie] Adam, Carroll - whoever it may be, it's always been a new signing. Have they been scapegoats? Yes. But I think it's players like myself, players who've been here a long time who deserve more criticism than the new players. They've just been finding their feet, learning what Liverpool is all about. The manager brought Stewart and Andy in. Hopefully there's time for them to develop a good rapport," said Jamie Carragher. Liverpool have set a minimum target of qualifying for the Champions League next season to whoever takes over at the club.

CARRAGHER AIMING FOR WEMBLEY

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said that playing in the Carling cup final will be his biggest ambition as of now given that he has never played in the new Wembley as a Liverpool player.

The new Wembley Stadium was constructed a few years ago and a number of finals and other consorts have been held in this fantastic Stadium. However, Jamie Carragher – one of the best England defenders of recent times – has not played at this Stadium. However, the player sees the opportunity to play in the Carling cup final as the perfect opportunity to do so.

Liverpool are very close to achieving this dream for Jamie Carragher, as they have just beaten Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Carling cup. The 2-0 win now means that Jamie Carragher will be facing just the semi-finals before they reach the finals of the Carling cup.

"I've played at Wembley once or twice for England but I've never done it for Liverpool. I'd love to do that. When we have reached cup finals in the past they have been in Cardiff, so I've never been there with Liverpool. There is still a semi-final to play over two legs and there are some massive sides in there so it is going to be very tough. We'll take the semi-final very seriously," he said.

Liverpool defeated Chelsea twice in the matter of a few days after goals from Martin Kelly and Maxi Rodriguez gave the Merseyside club the opportunity to play in the semifinals. Liverpool had just beaten Chelsea 2-1 in the league a few days ago. Regarding the youth potential at Liverpool, Jamie Carragher said that he is very much happy and looking forward to the youngsters like Martin Kelly become part of the team in a big way.

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