Henderson: Carroll was ‘brilliant’

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Jordan Henderson believes that Andy Carroll’s performance against Stoke in the Carling Cup last night showed how much the striker has to offer the Reds, and believes the best is yet to come.

Carroll was unable to find the net, with Luis Suarez leading the goal show by scoring a brace to win the match 2-1, but Henderson insists that given time, the 21-year-old will realise his full potential.

“I thought Andy was brilliant tonight, I thought he worked really hard," Henderson said.

"He was closing defenders down, winning headers and he had a few chances himself and I thought he contributed a lot tonight.”

Henderson also reserved praise for man-of-the-match Suarez, who scored a brilliant goal to level Liverpool with Stoke in the 54th minute, and netted the winner in the 85th to halt the need for extra time.

“His goals were brilliant. The first one was a piece of individual class but that’s what he is, he does it every week,” he said.

“It was a good win in the end. I thought we started well and carried it through the game and we deserved the win.

"We showed a lot of character [to come back] and were disappointed that we went 1-0 down anyway as we played so well and created chances to go ahead.”

Liverpool now progress through to the quarter finals of the Cup tournament, and will be hoping to receive their first piece of silverware since 2006.

But the quarter finals will be tough for the Anfield club, with Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City also still in the competition. The draw takes place on Saturday to find out which teams will face off.

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