Andy Carroll Scores Double Against Manchester City

Andy Carroll

Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City

The England striker scored his first two goals for the Reds since his January transfer £35million move from Newcastle in an impressive 3-0 win at Anfield.

His first, a scorching 25-yard drive, was an emphatic statement of his potential as he showed that he is almost fully recovered from the thigh injury he was carrying upon his move to Merseyside.

Carroll replaced Fernando Torres, following the Spaniard's £50million move to Chelsea, the 22-year-old scored after six games compared to Torres, who scored his first goal for Chelsea this weekend.

Dalglish played down the importance of Carroll managing to break his duck however, and that he always knew the goals would come once the player came back to full fitness.

"It wasn't of paramount importance he scored - we put him back in a bit earlier than we probably should have, but obviously he was medically okay," he said.

"He just needed match practice and it was going to take him a few games to get up to that.

"He scored the other night but that is not his fitness complete, and it is not his career complete at Liverpool.

"It was just a stepping stone to go forward and produce more goals for us."

Carroll's double came in only his fourth start for the club, linking up with fellow new-boy Luis Suarez.

Suarez has also played well since moving from Ajax in January - scoring two goals since his arrival.

"Sometimes it takes a little time to settle down but both Andy and Luis have been brilliant," Dalglish continued.

"Sometimes it takes a little time to settle down but both Andy and Luis have been brilliant."  

"They have settled in very quickly and got on with the game. We are delighted with both of them." 

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