Former Liverpool boss, Kenny Dalglish has praised his record British signing,
Andy Carroll in his Column in The Mirror.
Carroll was the sword on which King Kenny fell from the helm at Anfield.
After he and Damien Comolli splashed a record £35 million on the young Geordie, Liverpool were left floundering in 8th in the Premier League, with the big man only scoring 9 goals all Season for Liverpool, 4 in the League and 5 in the Cups,
a dismal return for a forward who struggled in front of goal for most of the term.
His low scoring rate and the team’s overall scoring-rate ultimately did for Dalglish as his faith in his new signings cost him his job.
Dalglish writes of his former protegé:
“He scored a magnificent header, he held the ball up well and he worked back and made some vital clearances.
“I have always said that the big man has an awful lot more things going for him than against him and he proved that against Sweden.
“The vitriol that has been aimed at him over the past year or so is running out of steam.
Even a couple of days ago, I heard someone had written that fans were laughing at him. I think Andy will be the one who is laughing now.
Dalglish added that he always knew Carroll would come good, and that England were starting to see the rewards of the hard work the frontman had been putting in at club level.
“I don’t have any feelings of personal vindication about the goal he scored.
Some people may have questioned my decision to buy him for Liverpool but it’s not about me or any of the criticism I have received.
“Whatever anybody else said, he was always going to come through as a player.
His attitude and his determination when he played for me at Liverpool were there for everyone to see.”
If he had any problems, it was not really because he was struggling to settle in.
It was because there four or five new signings and the existing players were adapting to them.
“The kind of performance he produced for England in Kiev proves that he is starting to get the benefits of the work he did at Newcastle and Liverpool.”
Its a huge pity the big man didn’t do it for Liverpool last Season, otherwise we might have had a very different outcome at LFC.