Liverpool have decided against appealing Jamie Carragher’s sending off in their 3-1 defeat at Fulham on Saturday.

Rafa Benitez had insisted after the game that he would be seeking to challenge both Lee Mason’s decision to send off his captain and Philipp Degen. Liverpool have decided to drop their objection to Carragher’s dismissal but will contest Degen’s sending off for a wild lunge at Clint Dempsey.

Carragher had claimed that he won the ball in his duel with Zamora as the Fulham forward raced towards goal. Perhaps he has now realised that you can’t have both hands round the opponent and pull him towards the ground before making a tackle from behind.

Carragher will now miss Liverpool’s next league game, which is against Birmingham on Monday.