Injuries to Andy Carroll and Steven Gerrard this season has limited the time both players have spent on the pitch together for Liverpool, but the Reds' No.9 is no stranger to the qualities the captain provides.

The 23-year-old striker is relishing the return to full fitness of the influential midfielder, and hopes he can help him hit a rich vein of goalscoring form.

"It's great to have the captain back," Carroll said in an exclusive interview with the LFC magazine. "You can see at Melwood that as soon as he comes out on the training pitch, he's just different class.

"I think just him being there gives everyone else another lift and another boost.

"It's great to see him back and since he has been, he's already scored three goals so you can see straight away the difference that he makes and the impact he has.

"We haven't had the chance to start many games together. I think I may have been a sub when he's started or he has been a sub when I have so it's nice to see him back."

Gerrard made his comeback from long-term injury on Boxing Day against Blackburn Rovers and has netted three goals in the matches since. Carroll is hopeful the Liverpool skipper can now turn provider and help him improve his goalscoring return.

"When you're on the same team as him in training, some of the passes he puts through for you and the chances he creates are incredible really," he added.

"Hopefully I can keep working hard, get a nice run of games, give some good performances and get a few goals. If I can get a good run, hopefully that can kick-start me on again."

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