Carroll on target in Reds win
Published 31/01/2012 | 22:12
Andy Carroll marked his first anniversary as a Liverpool player by netting the opening goal as Kenny Dalglish's side cruised to a 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Wolves at Molineux.
Carroll converted his first Barclays Premier League goal since October 29 early in the second half and then Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt added to Wolves' misery. Only a fine display by Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey prevented the Reds from at least doubling their final tally.
Victory completed a memorable seven days for Liverpool after their Carling Cup and FA Cup triumphs over the two Manchester clubs. But Wolves have now gone nine league games without a win to increase the pressure on manager Mick McCarthy.
The visitors almost went ahead after two minutes when Kuyt's shot hit the outside of a post, while Wolves threatened for the first time when Michael Kightly played in Dave Edwards but he failed to make a full contact on his shot on the turn and Jose Reina was able to save.
Bellamy forced Hennessey to save low to his right with a dipping drive and the keeper then kept out a Daniel Agger header with his right foot.
Hennessey again distinguished himself with a fine save away to his right to deal with Bellamy's curling 25-yard free-kick.
But after 52 minutes Carroll put the Reds in front when he converted a cross from Charlie Adam.
Nine minutes later Bellamy doubled Liverpool's lead with his ninth goal of the campaign, running unopposed towards the Wolves box before shooting past Hennessey.
After 78 minutes it came as no surprise when Kuyt made it 3-0 from a narrow angle with Adam the creator.
Wolves substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake crashed a 35-yard drive against the post late on but there was to be no consolation for the hosts and their fans chanted "what a load of rubbish" at the final whistle.