Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Dalglish: Carroll is the future

Andy Carroll

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes club record signing Andy Carroll is in the right place to realise his "fantastic potential".

The 22-year-old, who won his first England cap in November, insists he has no worries about being the man to replace Fernando Torres with a £35million price tag hanging over his head.

"Andy has not had chance to show us what he can do yet but at 22 he has fantastic potential," said the Reds boss of Carroll, who is a month away from recovery from a thigh injury.

"He is already part of the England squad and for us he is a fantastic signing and is the best person we could have got to play in the number nine shirt. At such a young age he wore the number nine at Newcastle, which is a fantastic honour.

"He will wear the nine here and for someone who is 22 that is a lot for him to carry and he showed by what he did at Newcastle he is capable of doing that. Anyone who can wear that nine shirt up there and scores goals has got a chance."

The player admitted it was a wrench to leave the city which has been his home for so long but was confident he would be successful at Anfield.

"It (the transfer fee) was a lot of money but I need to do what I have to do to prove the money was worth it," he said. "I have scored goals at Newcastle and that is what I want to bring here - we'll just have to wait and see. You all know how I play football and how I go about doing my business and that is what I am capable of bringing to Liverpool.

"The ambition is to win stuff and go places. Everyone believes we can do that. The club is going places, they are pushing on in Europe and I'm looking forward to getting back fit and playing.

Fellow new signing Luis Suarez has already made an impact after his £22.8million move from Ajax, scoring in front of the Kop on his debut. And despite the difficulties the club has had over the last 18 months or so he stressed he never had any doubts about swapping Amsterdam for Merseyside.

"Liverpool are always going to be known as one of the greats on a European scale," he said. "You only have to look at the trophies they've won - that image and history goes before them throughout Europe. It's always been a dream for me to come to a big club in England and play - and I have come to a massive club in England in Liverpool.

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