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Veteran defender insists that the club's senior players should step up and take responsibilty for the club's failings this season after Kenny Dalglish's departure

Jamie Carragher insists the club’s new signings should not be blamed for Liverpool's poor performances this season.

Recent arrivals such as Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson all came to Anfield with expensive price tags and have been on the end of some heavy criticism for struggling to make an impact during the campaign.
But the Reds' vice-captain believes that the club’s senior players should take responsibility for the side's failings this season.  

He told The Daily Mirror: "I think they have had a lot of unfair criticism. Henderson, Downing, [Charlie] Adam, Carroll - whoever it may be, it's always been a new signing.

"Have they been scapegoats? Yes. But I think it's players like myself, players who've been here a long time who deserve more criticism than the new players.

"They've just been finding their feet, learning what Liverpool is all about. The manager brought Stewart and Andy in. Hopefully there's time for them to develop a good rapport."

The club are still looking for a new manager for the upcoming season following the sacking of Kenny Dalglish and Carragher insists the team will be completely behind whoever takes the hot seat at Anfield.    

"At Liverpool, we would all like to know who our manager is," he added. "Whoever it is, you give 100 per cent at the start of the season."