Kenny Dalglish believes Andy Carroll is still adapting to life at Anfield, and has backed the Liverpool striker to take his opportunity over the festive period.

The 22-year-old moved to Merseyside from Newcastle United in a club record £35million deal last January, but has struggled to rediscover his best form for the Reds.

Carroll has started only eight Barclays Premier League games for Liverpool this season and scored just two goals, however Dalglish is confident that Christmas is the time for him to make an impact.

"Training well never does anybody any harm whatsoever, and if you are going to get an opportunity then the better you train, the more capable you are of taking that opportunity," he told the Liverpool Daily Post.

"As we have said before, everybody that is in this group of players has trained fantastically well and if they have been given an opportunity they have always taken it and if the big one gets an opportunity I am sure he will take it with two hands."

Carroll has struggled with a number of niggling injury problems since joining Liverpool almost a year ago, which meant he didn't make his debut until March.

The fact that he has been in and out of the first-team fold has prevented a smooth transition, and Dalglish believes the forward is at the same settling in stage as the club's numerous summer signings.

"I think what we have to remember also is, seven new players, it's their first season and you would include Andy in that as well," he continued.

"He came in last season with an injury and never featured until the Manchester United game, when he came on as a sub. So his career really only started in August there.

"We have got to get know them and they have got to get to know us and I think it is a fantastic credit to all of them, the new ones and the ones that were here before, that they have gelled so quickly.

"That includes everybody who has come in. It will take a bit of time for everyone to be acquainted with each other but we are happy with the progress we have made so far."

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