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Dalglish pays tribute as Carragher hits landmark

Veteran defender Jamie Carragher will reach another landmark in his long Liverpool career against Newcastle tomorrow when he makes his 665th appearance.

The 33-year-old centre-back will move up to joint second in the club's all-time list alongside Emlyn Hughes and Ray Clemence, although he will still be some way short of Ian Callaghan's incredible record of 857 appearances.

"Carra has been a fantastic servant to this football club," said manager Kenny Dalglish. "He's filled in loyally and comfortably in many positions.

"Talent is a good starting point, starting in the first team at 18 is another good starting point and not picking up too many injuries helps, but the most important thing is his ability and his desire and commitment."

In recent matches Carragher's influence has been crucial in guiding young defenders John Flanagan (18) and Jack Robinson (17) through some tough tests against the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal.

"It wouldn't be bad for them to model themselves on Jamie or Steven (Gerrard)," he said.

"There are a lot of things a local lad trying to come through has to endure and the ones who might experience that in the future could do a lot worse than having a word with either of them because they know what lies ahead."

Dalglish has suggested that the abuse Andy Carroll expects to receive if he is fit to face his old club will be an inverted compliment to the £35m striker, who faces a fitness test on his injured knee.

"Newcastle fans will do whatever they want, but it won't take away from what he has done for their club and what the club meant to Andy."

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