Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole believes £35 million man Andy Carroll can become just as good as Chelsea superstar Didier Drogba.
Cole is well-placed to compare the two strikers having played in the same Chelsea team as Drogba for six years and the 29-year-old believes there is plenty more to come from new teammate Carroll.
“He is only a young lad but he reminds me of a young Didier Drogba," said Cole after Liverpool lost to Braga in the Europa League. "I have played with both of them and I think he has all the attributes to become that type of centre-forward."
Carroll finally made is highly-anticipated Liverpool debut against Manchester United last weekend - coming on in place of Luis Suarez for final few minutes at Anfield - and also played for half and hour in Braga on Thursday.
The 22-year-old looked lively during his European bow and provided Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish with food for thought in terms of future team selection.
Liverpool appeared to improve after Carroll's introduction on 57 minutes, and Dalglish was pleased with the display of his January acquisition.
"He worried them. We played better once he came on. He's a good option for us," the Scot told the official Liverpool website.
"We've got to give him as many minutes as we can to make sure we're making a contribution to getting him fit. It was a bit longer than he got on Sunday and we will continue to make a contribution towards his fitness."