Dalglish: Get real with Carroll

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has reaffirmed his belief in record signing Andy Carroll.


Carroll has come in for criticism from some corners due to a number of underwhelming performances recently.


There have also been suggestions his £35 million price tag may be putting pressure on the young English international and affecting his performances.


Dalglish has rejected this, despite Carroll only scoring twice this season: "The price we paid for Andy seems to be a problem for some people, but not us."


The Scot also believes people aren’t considering the wider financial implications of the deal, and insisted the Anfield club are happy with the former Newcastle United talisman.


"We are looking at it from the point of view that he cost us minus £15m. That's a good argument against people who say he's replaced a £50m striker," he added.


"We don't look at anyone's price tag. If someone comes here for nothing we don't see them as being better than someone who cost us £20m and vice versa.


"If you can pass the ball, score goals and play well then we are happy. Money is irrelevant. We are absolutely delighted with Andy Carroll."


The Kop boss expressed bewilderment at some of the stories surrounding his young charge. Dalglish also insisted Carroll was steadily improving, while reminding people that the striker was still only 22-years-old and needs time to develop.


“I don't know where people get their ideas from. Stories have appeared on the internet about him and they circulate even though they're not true," he commented.


"Andy will settle in here and there will be no problem. He's only a boy and we have been happy with what he's done.”


"Two of the last three games he has played have been his best performances for the club. We know he's moving forward and we know he'd love to play in the Euros next summer for England. I am sure he will be under consideration for that. The better he does for us, the better chance he has of being picked.”

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