29 Dec '11, 1am

Football: Dalglish backs Carroll as Newcastle loom

Football: Dalglish backs Carroll as Newcastle loom

LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has leapt to the defence of Andy Carroll as the striker prepares to face former club Newcastle. Carroll, 22, made a 20-minute substitute appearance in Liverpool's 3-0 victory over the Magpies in May. But the England striker is sure to start against his old team, with Luis Suarez ruled out with a one-match suspension. Carroll has split opinion since making a £35 million move to Anfield in January this year and the forward has managed just four Premier League goals. He was criticised once again after missing a host of chances in the 1-1 draw with Blackburn on Monday. Even England manager Fabio Capello has admitted to reservations about Carroll's lifestyle in the past, an aspect that continues to fascinate the English media. But Dalglish maintains Carroll is on the right track and has adapted well since his expensive...

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