Belfast Telegraph

Carroll in confident mood

A more confident Andy Carroll feels his Liverpool career is starting to take off 12 months after arriving at Anfield.

Since becoming the most expensive British player when he moved from Newcastle in a £35million deal on transfer deadline day of January last year the striker has struggled for form and fitness, but there have been signs over the last month that he could be about to justify his price tag.

On the back of a man-of-the-match display in the 6-1 FA Cup win against Brighton, Carroll said: "I feel like I am doing well. I have just started scoring goals and I am doing well in games. I think it has all come together."

Asked whether this was now the best he had felt since moving to Merseyside he added: "Without a doubt and I think it shows in my performances.

"(I'm) getting around the pitch a bit more, getting involved. I am happy, more confident and things are going all right. The whole team played well (against Brighton) and I was delighted to get a goal and obviously so for Luis (who also scored after missing a penalty) as well."

More championship opposition awaits next weekend in the form of Cardiff when Liverpool travel to Wembley for their first final in five years.

The team could not have had better preparation for the Carling Cup showpiece, having bounced back from a league defeat at arch-rivals Manchester United, and Carroll knows competition for places in the final will be fierce.

"It is a massive game and I think all the lads are looking forward to it. Hopefully we can get the win," he said.

"I have never been to a cup final. That is all I am looking forward to, getting there. It is a great feeling and hopefully we can win it. We have got a massive squad and everyone can play a part in it. We are such a good team that you could pick anyone.

"You have just got to work hard. The manager picks the team at the end of the day. If we can get the trophy it would be great."

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