Anfield hit-man tipped for a big season.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has backed striker Andy Carroll to justify the £35million the club spent to prize him away from Newcastle United.
The Reds sealed the big-money move on deadline day last January but the 22-year-old struggled with fitness during the latter half of the season.
The England international had an ankle injury when he signed for Liverpool and he has only just shaken off the knock.
Carroll has been working hard in pre-season, scoring three goals in six warm-up games, and Dalglish expects the club to see the fruits of his labour in the new season.
“Andy’s injury meant he was only able to train at 100 per cent on rare occasions last season,” Dalglish wrote in LFC Magazine.
“He even played in some games when we knew he wasn’t going to be at his best.
“Now he is fully over that knock and has been able to do a lot more on the training field in pre-season.
“That’s showed in the games he has played over the last few weeks. He’s fitter and scoring some goals.”