Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher came through a rigourous training session at Melwood yesterday unscathed and appears set to be recalled for this weekend's clash with Portsmouth.

"It is important for us to have Jamie back, not just the player or his position, but because of his character," manager Rafa Benitez said.

"Even before I came to Liverpool I knew Jamie was good but when you watch him in training, or in games, you can see what an inspiration he is to everyone.

"He is a player with character and passion. He can give the rest of his team-mates something different all the time."