Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore believes Andy Carroll could spend 'much of this campaign as an observer' after the arrival of Craig Bellamy.
The Welsh striker moved to Anfield on deadline day and has already notched his first goal in his second stint with the club - having scored in the Carling Cup against Brighton.
Carroll, meanwhile, has still not established himself as a regular starter under Kenny Dalglish and has netted only three times in 16 appearances for Liverpool.
And, although Collymore sees potential in the £35 million hitman, he expects Bellamy and Luis Suarez to provide Dalglish with more of an attacking threat this season.
"Bellamy has reached a point in his career where he wants to make the most of the time he has left in the game and enjoy his football," said Collymore, who spent two years as a Red.
"He won’t play every week but he will get games now under a manager he has huge respect for. Bellamy will happily work his socks off for Kenny Dalglish.
"And as a result of him being at Anfield, I think Andy Carroll is going to spend much of this campaign as an observer.
"There’s no doubt Carroll will become a top player, but there is no panic. Liverpool can afford to wait for him to peak in two or three years.
"It’s different with Bellamy. He can go straight into that line-up, link up perfectly with Luis Suarez, and add the X Factor to Dalglish’s side."