"It meant he could fully commit to tackles and one-on-ones while knowing there was cover from Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger.
"It made him more positive in his defending. That is usually not the case in a back four and at times, Carragher has had Glen Johnson bombing forward and been exposed. The older Carragher gets, the more he will appreciate the help.
"He was excellent against Chelsea and his passing was as good as I’ve seen it — he even hit a few raking diagonal passes. Agger looked comfortable on the ball too and with Pepe Reina rolling it out to them, it reminded me when Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson used to hog the ball at the back."