Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel have both excelled in his absence but the boss is confident the No.23 will play a prominent role in the weeks ahead.
Dalglish told liverpoolfc.tv: "Carra has only been back a week after his calf injury. He's an important part of this football club and of this squad, now and going forward. He knows that and we know that.
"It's always a positive for anyone who is selected and it's a disappointment for those who aren't selected. You have to make decisions.
"We know what he's done for the football club. The respect and admiration he has here from myself and everyone else connected. He understands."