Liverpool striker Andy Carroll couldn’t hide his delight after opening this season’s account in the 2-0 win over Everton.
A controversial red card for Jack Rodwell put the Reds in the ascendency midway through the first-half, but it was Carroll who opened the scoring in the second period with a beautiful half-volley from eight yards out.
Luis Suarez added the second after a defensive error from Sylvain Distin, and it was a first Merseyside derby to remember for Carroll on a great day for the Reds.
"It was a good feeling to get the goal," Carroll told the official Liverpool website.
"It always is great to score, and to get my first league goal of the season against Everton couldn't be any better."
Manager Kenny Dalglish has been in no doubt that the England international striker would find his form in the Barclays Premier League this term.
The £35 million January signing has been put under pressure to perform by the British media, but his boss believes the transfer fee is irrelevant and the former Newcastle forward continues to prove himself every day in training.
“I think the problem with Andy Carroll is the media, yourselves.You keep talking about his way of life, and you don’t know what that is," said 'King Kenny' post-match.
“In training he’s fine. The price is irrelevant. He’s every bit as important to us as Steven Gerrard and [Jamie] Carragher who never cost us anything. He never had anything to prove; we’re delighted for him.”