'Liverpool squad fighting for starting spots in FA Cup final' - Carragher

The Anfield talisman has revealed that his team-mates are all looking to impress in their next two Premier League matches before the Wembley showpiece on May 5 against Chelsea

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher claims that starting places in the FA Cup final are 'up for grabs' as the entire Reds squad all look to secure a spot in the team against Chelsea.

The 34-year-old claimed that the first XI is far from decided and that manager Kenny Dalglish will rotate the squad in their two Premier League games leading up to the Wembley date to give players a chance to prove themselves.

Carragher own inclusion on May 5 is in doubt after making just 18 appearances in the Premier League so far this season.

He told the club's official website: "It's all to play for in terms of cup final places.

"But we're going into these games to get three points because we need to move up the table. Of course, if you perform well in these games, you have a greater chance of playing in the final.

9/1 Liverpool are 9/1 with Bet365 to beat Norwich 2-0 on Saturday.

"And certainly, we all want to play in the big games. There are two games now before the final and I'm sure the manager will mix it up because the Fulham game is just before the cup final.

"Saturday's match [against Norwich] could have a similar effect to the Blackburn game. If you look at that game, I think a few of the players forced themselves into the side against Everton through their performances against Blackburn.

"We'd like to finish above Everton but I'd rather win the semi-final, like we did against them, than if they were to finish above us."

Carragher also reserved praise for Saturday’s opponents Norwich City, who he feels have exceeded expectations this season on such a small budget.

"I think everyone expected them to go down. Or have a real fight on their hands but they've come through it. They've kept a lot of the players who came up with them," he added.

"I think they've got a lot of British players who have come through there as well. Credit to them and credit to their manager [Paul Lambert] - he's probably in the run-in for Manager of the Year.

“It will be a very difficult game. It was a difficult game at home against them, so it's going to be even more difficult at Carrow Road."

Carragher admitted that Liverpool underestimated the threat of the Canaries when Lambert’s side grabbed a point at Anfield earlier in the season.

"Holt scored a good goal for them, a poor goal for us, if you like. But I think their 'keeper played very well," he said.

“I think it was John Ruddy [in goal] that day and I remember him making a save from Luis Suarez right at the end.

"It was a great save. I think it was probably another one of those similar stories - we had enough chances to win the game. But when it's only 1-0, there's always a chance that they could score. I was impressed with Norwich that day. I think they acquitted themselves very well at Anfield."