Belfast Telegraph

Carragher fine after clash of heads

Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher declared himself "absolutely fine" after being knocked out during a dramatic 1-1 draw at Arsenal.

There was a lengthy delay in the second half when Carragher was left unconscious after a clash of heads with youngster John Flanagan. The former England defender was eventually carried off on a stretcher, his neck in a brace, and given oxygen.

However, the veteran Reds centre-half had recovered enough to run onto the pitch at the final whistle to celebrate when Dirk Kuyt slotted home a last-gasp penalty just moments after Robin van Persie's spot-kick deep into eight minutes of stoppage time looked to have won it for the Gunners. "I can't remember anything. As soon as I came round I was absolutely fine," he said.

He added: "It was a little clash of heads and these things happen in football.

"The main thing was to get the three points.

"I watched their penalty in the dressing room and then saw that we got our own.

"I was just praying that we scored because to get four points out of six from the last two games is fantastic.

"I went out onto the pitch at the end because I wanted to celebrate with the lads."

Carragher added: "Some of the players we had out there, because of the injuries we had, still qualify for the youth team so it was a really good team performance."

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