Anfield record signing will come good.
Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has backed striker Andy Carroll to prove he was worth every penny of the £35million Liverpool paid for him.
The 22-year-old has come under scrutiny of late for his performances but did score his first goal of the season against Everton last weekend.
The England international has had injury problems since his move to Anfield last January and had his lifestyle questioned by Fabio Capello.
But Shearer believes his fellow Geordie will come good, and feels he is in the right hands under Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish.
The Tyneside icon also played under the Scot and briefly managed Carroll is now backing the Reds number nine to prove he is a “fearsome centre-forward”.
“Andy is a young and inexperienced lad with a lot of pressure on him but he will come good,” Shearer said.
“Yes, there will be times when people question him but he’s at the right club.
“At Anfield, he’s got a great manager who understands the trials and tribulations of being a young footballer.
“When I moved to Blackburn, I had great guidance there and that was Kenny.
“Kenny will protect him and look after him as he did me at Blackburn. He did that in a fantastic way.
“Once he settles down, starts to play well and score, you will see the fearsome centre forward that we saw at Newcastle and you’ll see the reason why Kenny paid £35 million for him.
“Andy is talented. He is a nightmare for defenders to play against if given the right service and if he is fit enough.”
Shearer also feels Carroll can shine for England, with whom the 6ft 4in striker has netted once in three appearances so far.
“I do see him as an England centre-forward,” he added. “One hundred per cent. Wayne Rooney will always be number one. Andy can be his partner and he will be.
“I definitely look at Andy with England as a long-term thing.
Regarding Capello’s comments about Carroll’s lifestyle, Shearer said: “I was slightly surprised he came out and said that.
“If that were me, I wouldn’t have been happy. He (Capello) had his own reasons. I’ve been brought up with managers who tried to keep things in-house.”