Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has hailed the influence of veteran defender Jamie Carragher on the squad.

Dalglish is good for youngsters like John Flanagan - and for more senior teammates such as Martin Skrtel.

The boss joked: "He was a good role model until Flanno knocked him out at Arsenal - I think he might have taken that badly!

"But he is fantastically helpful, not just to Flanno but also to Martin Skrtel, who I think he been brilliant since we came in. He's really grown in stature and I'm sure playing alongside Carra has helped him.

"Carra will educate and encourage him. I'm sure Martin will appreciate that and take it forward. He makes a huge contribution."

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