Stewart Downing is confident Andy Carroll can continue his ascent, following Liverpool striker's first league goal of the season in Saturday's win over Everton.

Carroll netted only his fourth goal in 17 appearances for the Reds as Kenny Dalglish's side triumphed 2-0 at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby.

The 22-year-old neatly tucked home a deft cross from Jose Enrique to put Liverpool into the lead, before strike partner Luis Suarez made sure of the result.

But Downing believes Carroll provides far more to Liverpool than just scoring goals, and suggests his teammate will soon justify his hefty price-tag.

"Andy's off the mark now and we're all delighted for him," said the Reds winger.

"Even without scoring, he's been doing really well for us.


"But getting a goal is a real bonus and for it to happen in the derby is extra special for him.

"He deserved it for his all-round play and it was a great finish.

"Andy is a quality striker and I'm sure he'll build on this. It was such an important goal as this was a big win for us."

"Obviously coming here and winning means a lot to the fans but the main thing for us was getting the three points."

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