Tony Carroll will show his class: Kenny Dalglish
Published 01/04/2011 | 05:42
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is prepared to be patient with record signing Andy Carroll as the £35million striker continues to search for his first goal.
Having scored for England in Tuesday's friendly against Ghana, in only his second appearance, the next landmark for the 22-year-old is to open his account for the team he joined from Newcastle in January.
And Dalglish admits it may take a while before Carroll and fellow transfer window arrival Luis Suarez can live up to the boast of captain Steven Gerrard that Liverpool now possess “the most feared strikeforce in the league”.
The pair have played just 87 minutes together over two matches because of Carroll's injury-delayed debut and Suarez's ineligibility in Europe.
But even during that brief period there have been glimpses of a potentially exciting attacking partnership. Gerrard certainly sees the potential but his manager was less inclined to go overboard just yet.
“I don't think he is a bad judge if he thinks Andy and Luis are a very strong strikeforce,” said the Scot. “Andy has a bit to go to get himself up to match fitness but he came in here for five and a half years, not a few months.
“As (England coach) Fabio Capello said, he's not going to get fit as quickly as an Aaron Lennon, but we'll be patient and when he's ready he's ready. We won't put any timescale on it and we'll take it as it comes.
“The 60 minutes he got for England was very helpful in his recuperation and his fight to try to get back to full fitness.
“We are delighted with the two players we have. Whether they are the best or not is subjective — everyone is entitled to their own opinion.”
Liverpool take on West Brom and their former boss Roy Hodgson at the Hawthorns tomorrow.