Carroll dedicates derby goal

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Andy Carroll has played down the hype surrounding his strike against Everton on Saturday, insisting that taking three points was the most important goal for the match.

Carroll has made a relatively slow start to the season, with injuries and fitness problems affecting his game. But the striker answered his critics in the Merseyside derby, netting in the 71st minute to send Liverpool on their way to a 2-0 win.


And the former Newcastle frontman said that while he is pleased to have opened his scoring account this term, the win was particularly important, as the Reds move to challenge the top four.

"The goal is for everyone really, Kenny, the other lads and the fans. Everyone who has stood by me," Carroll said.

"It is a great feeling but it doesn't really matter who scores the goals as long as we get the three points and I thought it was great we did it here.

"This is by far the highlight of my time here, easily.

"It was a good result and it was nice to get on the score sheet. It felt great.

"The lads played well and deserved it. I just remember Bellers (Craig Bellamy) running down the wing, Jose on the overlap and putting a great ball in. Dirk (Kuyt) let it run and I was lucky enough to finish it."

Liverpool now sit fifth in the Barclays Premier League table, and look to have recovered from their 4-0 defeat to Tottenham two and a half weeks ago, clocking three straight wins in all competitions.

Carroll will travel with the England squad this weekend, with the Three Lions facing Montenegro away on Friday night.

When the 22-year-old returns, Liverpool take on Manchester United at Anfield, and the striker will be hoping to boast top form against the title holders.

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