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Dalglish cautious against long ball

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has warned his players they cannot afford to fall into the trap of becoming a long-ball team with Andy Carroll in the side.

The 6ft 3ins striker has already displayed an impressive aerial dominance in his three appearances since his £35million British record move from Newcastle. However, in Thursday's Europa League exit to Braga there was an over-reliance on getting the ball up to him early.

"Andy has tremendous assets which we have to learn to get the best out of and we have got assets that will help," said Dalglish. "But he has to learn how we can get the best out of him. We have to fuse the two things together, play to his strengths but also play to ours and it will take a bit of time to get it working."

He added: "The quicker they get gelling with each other the better it will be for everyone but I think the signs are very positive."

Liverpool's visit to Sunderland on Sunday will be aided by the return of livewire forward Luis Suarez, who was instrumental in the 3-1 win over Manchester United but was ineligible for Europa.

The Uruguayan gives the Reds a different dimension with his energy and ability to go past people but he has only had 15 minutes on the pitch with Carroll since the pair joined in January.

His return to the side will give the rest of the players a boost, although Dalglish has to find a way to lift his squad after their European disappointment.

"It is frustrating when you can beat a team like Manchester United and then not get past Braga but I suppose every team has their frustrations," said the 60-year-old.

"Results are unpredictable for every club. For us we did beat Manchester United at Anfield but we never gloated or dwelt on it, we took the three points enjoyed the moment and then moved on.

"The two games since then we lost away to a penalty in Braga and we drew 0-0 here. We could have done with a bit of luck, especially at home, but that is the way football is.

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