Carroll hails Liverpool depth

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Liverpool have the squad to cope without the likes of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, such is the strength and depth of the side assembled by Kenny Dalglish, insists Andy Carroll.

The 22-year-old England international, who became the Reds boss' first marquee signing when he moved to Anfield for £35million in January, is confident the players brought in are well equipped to cover for injuries to the club's most influential duo.

The Liverpool skipper, and vice-captain were both missing from Saturday's 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory over West Brom, with the players that stood in for the Hawthorns showdown, showing their capabilities despite two notable first-team absentees.

"It was tough not having Stevie or Carra in the squad," said Carroll. "They are great players and we need them in the team once they've got over their little niggles.

"But we have fantastic players that can come in. The game showed we've got lads who can step in when needed and do a job. We showed what we can do. We passed it around well and deserved the three points."

Carroll's start to life on Merseyside hasn't been quite as straightforward as he would have hoped, with a series of niggling injury problems of his own, seemingly thwarting his progress and ability to cement a regular place in the starting line-up.

But now over the worst of the trouble, the former Newcastle striker has set his sights on an extended run in the side, as he looks to rediscover his goalscoring form.

"I've been disappointed to be sat on the bench," he added. "But when you are left out it just makes you work harder the next day in training to get your place back.

"We have a big squad, players come and go every week. It was a different XI at West Brom compared to the previous week and the week before that.

'Everyone is fighting hard in training for a place. I've been working hard every day to get my fitness up and to try to get a place in the team and I think I earned it.

"We will have to see what happens next weekend. I want to get my name in the starting XI every week."

Andrew Carroll
Premier League

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