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Dalglish: Carroll will get better

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes Andy Carroll's double strike this week is merely a hint of what is to come.

The £35million striker grabbed his first two goals for the Reds in their impressive 3-0 demolition of Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League on Monday. It ended a two-month wait for the 22-year-old, who was carrying a thigh injury at the time of his club record move from Newcastle in January.

Dalglish said: "He scored the other night but that is not his fitness complete, and it is not his career complete at Liverpool. It was just a stepping stone to go forward and produce more goals for us."

He added: "It wasn't of paramount importance he scored - we put him back in a bit earlier than we probably should have, but obviously he was medically okay.

"He just needed match practice and it was going to take him a few games to get up to that."

Carroll, making only his fourth start for the club, played alongside fellow new recruit Luis Suarez and the pair showed signs of a promising partnership.

Uruguay striker Suarez has also made an impressive start to his Liverpool career having scored twice since his January arrival and played an instrumental role in last month's defeat of Manchester United.

Dalglish continued: "Sometimes it takes a little time to settle down but both Andy and Luis have been brilliant.

"They have settled in very quickly and got on with the game. We are delighted with both of them."

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