Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is confident that record signing Andy Carroll is fully focused on his football, and believes his first goal for the Reds is just around the corner.
Carroll opened his England account in Tuesday's international friendly with Ghana at Wembley, and Dalglish reflected on the positive impact it could have on the £35million front man, as he looks to reproduce that form at club level for Liverpool.
"Andy is focused on his football. I would expect him to focus on it to get to where he is. It is a great milestone for Andy to score his first goal, especially at Wembley."
Carroll's progress has been somewhat hampered by the thigh injury sustained before his January move to Anfield, but having featured four times for Liverpool in recent weeks, he is nearing full fitness and now hoping to rediscover his goalscoring touch.
Meanwhile, Liverpool's other January striker addition Luis Suarez has hit the ground running since he joined the Merseyside revolution under Dalglish.
His impressive performances have immediately endeared the South American starlet to the Anfield faithful, who have been looking for a replacement hero to fill the boots of the departed Fernando Torres.
At first, the sale of Torres was met with dissatisfaction from Reds fans as well as questions over Liverpool's ambition under the ownership of American businessman John W. Henry – head of the Fenway Sports Group.
But the common school of thought upon Merseyside now, is that a fully firing strike duo of Suarez and Carroll could be even more prolific for the Reds as they bid to return the club to its former glories.
With one half of the potent partnership already producing, Dalglish concluded that Carroll's goal in the recent international outing could be the catalyst to end his Liverpool goal drought.
"It is a great reward for his recuperation and it will give him a lift and kick him on further. I think everyone can be proud but obviously Andy will have been happy."
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