Liverpool striker Andy Carroll thanked manager Kenny Dalglish for sticking by him during what he accepts has been a personally disappointing season.

Carroll has enjoyed an upturn in form lately, turning in an impressive cameo in the FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea before starring in the Barclays Premier League demolition of the same opponents.

Despite just nine goals in 45 matches, there are signs Carroll is beginning to justify the club-record £35million fee Dalglish spent on him. The Reds boss has stoutly supported and defended the former Newcastle forward and that has been appreciated. Carroll said: "Kenny has shown a lot of faith in me."

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