Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has praised the turnaround at Anfield as a testament to the spirit and togetherness instilled in the club by Kenny Dalglish, since he replaced Roy Hodgson as manager in January.
Under Hodgson, Liverpool floundered during the opening half of the season but have been one of the form sides in the Barclays Premier League since Dalglish took caretaker charge at the club, and the players continued to show their fighting spirit in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Dirk Kuyt’s equaliser from the penalty spot, with the last kick of the game, gave Liverpool a share of the spoils, and Carragher believes that there is a direct correlation between the togetherness now at the club, and the side playing right until the end and getting such decisions.
“There has been a great togetherness. I think that’s come since Kenny has come in and everyone is together now,” Carragher told Liverpool’s official website.
“When you have that togetherness you can achieve things. It’s like the late penalty we got. You don’t get that if you don’t have togetherness and a spirit to not want to lose.
“You look at how young the team we had out there at the end and the way we kept going.
“There’s a feel good factor which has been strengthened with our last two performances and we just want to keep it going now.”
Carragher himself was the cause of much of the 12 minutes injury time that were played at the Emirates Stadium, after being knocked unconscious after an accidental clash of heads with young team mate John Flanagan, something that Carragher can’t remember too much of.
“To be honest I can’t remember it” added the stand-in Liverpool skipper.
“As soon as I came around in the dressing room I was fine again.
“I managed to get back out to see the final 10 minutes of the game and I was just delighted to celebrate with the lads after Dirk scored to give us a deserved point.”