Andy Carroll has expressed delight at scoring his first goal for Liverpool this season, as the Reds moved past Exeter into the third round of the Carling Cup last night.
Carroll has had numerous injury problems since moving to Liverpool from Newcastle in January, but the striker has had a successful pre-season and wants to show he is worth the £35 million transfer fee.
And in the 58th minute last night, after Luis Suarez and Maxi Rodriguez had put Liverpool 2-0 up, Carroll came through with a moment of brilliance that will no doubt excite Reds fans over what the England international can bring to the pitch.
"It was nice to get off the mark,” Carroll said after the match.
“We all played well today and all of the lads who got the goals did great. I thought Exeter did well too so all round it was a good day for everyone.
"It was important to come down here and get a result. We always knew it was going to be tough."
Liverpool are working to get back back into the top four and qualify for the Champions League this season, and Kenny Dalglish has certainly shown this intent, spending in excess of £100 million on players since he took over the managerial post in January.
And with Carroll on board, alongside Luis Suarez, Dalglish has created a forward line full of potential and already showing it’s worth.
Carroll had nothing but praise for the Uruguayan star last night, insisting that the thing that makes Suarez so good for Liverpool is his consistency.
Carroll added: "He's been great. Obviously everyone knows what he is about and he showed it again tonight."
The win will have been another confidence boost for the Reds, after a shaky
start to the season at Anfield with a 1-1 draw against Sunderland.
And Charlie Adam, who signed for the side from Blackpool this summer, said that after two wins in a row against Arsenal and the Grecians, the Reds are raring to go against Bolton on Saturday.
"You could see with the players that played tonight that we were here to do a job and we did that. It was always going to be a difficult game but we showed Exeter the right respect and we did our job,” Adam said.
"We've got good players who we know will play well together. We are getting there. That's two wins on the bounce and we can now look forward to Saturday."