We need characters to save us, insists Carragher

LIVERPOOL defender Jamie Carragher has issued a rallying call to his team-mates, insisting they need to show character to bounce back from their recent slump in form.

The Reds crashed to their sixth league defeat of the season at home to Arsenal on Sunday – a result which sees them languish in seventh spot in the table, five points behind the Champions League places.

Carragher admits the defeat was hard to take but is rallying round his troops ahead of a busy Christmas period – starting with the home game with Wigan tomorrow night.

“Statistics can change quickly and we have got to do that,” Carragher said. “It’s tough at the moment but part of playing for Liverpool is having big character. That’s what we need now. Between now and May it is going to be a grind at times but we have got to stick together, get through it and, as I’m doing, pray to God that, at the end of the season, there will be something worthwhile for what we’ve gone through.”

Carragher also admits the clash with Wigan is now crucial to Liverpool’s season. “We can’t look for excuses,” he added. “We know that any little thing can get pounced upon and that’s happening at the moment.”