Carragher: No place for half-hearters

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has warned that no player in the Anfield dressing room is irreplaceable, following rumours that a host of stars could be leaving this summer.

Speculation has linked several players, including Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Javier Mascherano, with moves away from the club after a disappointing season under Rafael Benitez, and Carragher has stressed that no player is bigger than the club.

"I want the people to come back who want to be there. If anyone doesn't want to be here, no problem. No one is bigger than Liverpool Football Club,” he said.

"People always talk about players leaving and saying 'this is the end of Liverpool'. No chance.

"Better players than the ones we have now have left and we have replaced them."

Carragher is currently training with the England squad in the Austrian Alps after accepting Fabio Capello’s call to return from the international wilderness after announcing his retirement in 2007.

And the long-serving Liverpool defender has confessed he has no time for those who do not wish to demonstrate their full commitment to the Anfield cause.

Stars such as Mascherano have made no secrets of their desires to leave the club, with the Argentine midfielder admitting that it was a "shame" that his proposed move to Barcelona fell through last season.

But Carragher is determined to redeem matters at Anfield after a poor campaign, and is eager to begin as soon as the World Cup ends.

"I know what it is like after a poor season. There is a lot of negativity. We have had it all season and I am sure we will have it again throughout the summer.

"Obviously I want to enjoy the World Cup and do well. But I can't wait to get back to Liverpool and try to put it right."

By Joe Brewin

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