Stan Collymore insists that Andy Carroll will improve for Liverpool, but the ex-striker admits that the 22-year-old needs time to get to his best.
“Andy Carroll will be there for the next five years. Of course there’s pressure to score goals but Kenny Dalglish has taken him out of the equation sometimes,” Collymore told Talksport.
“He’s played Dirk Kuyt and Luis Suarez up front. He’s done that to take the pressure off him.”
Carroll moved to Liverpool from Newcastle in January for a record fee of £35 million, and Collymore believes that the England international will learn to deal with the pressure associated with the sky-high price tag.
“The price tag is something the player can do nothing about. It doesn’t equate to whether he’s as good as Fabregas or Ronaldo, that’s left to supporters. It just means they’ve had to pay the price for young, English talent to be at Liverpool for four or five years,” he said.
“We’ll see the best of him, not this season, not next season but two seasons following.”
Carroll has scored one goal for Liverpool so far this season, and will be hoping to add to that tally when the Reds take on Tottenham on Sunday.