Carroll urged to take his chance

The former Newcastle striker, who moved to Anfield last January,

has started just eight Premier League games this season and has

scored only two goals. A traditionally busy fixture-list over

Christmas and the New Year means Carroll could be offered chances

to start as Dalglish rotates his squad. And ahead of Boxing Day’s

match against lowly Blackburn, the England international has been

backed to make an impact. “Training well never does anybody any

harm whatsoever, and if you are going to get an opportunity then

the better you train, the more capable you are of taking that

opportunity,” said Dalglish in the Liverpool Daily Post. “As we

have said before, everybody that is in this group of players has

trained fantastically well and if they have been given an

opportunity they have always taken it and if the big yin (one) gets

an opportunity I am sure he will take it with two hands.” A lack of

fitness meant Carroll did not make his Liverpool debut until a

15-minute run out against Manchester United in March. Injury

problems continued to trouble the 22-year-old in the second half of

last season and Dalglish believes the record-breaking signing is as

a result still at the same stage as summer signings in settling at

Anfield. The Reds boss said: “I think what we have to remember also

is, seven new players, it’s their first season and you would

include Andy in that as well. “He came in last season with an

injury and never featured until the Manchester United game, when he

came on as a sub. So his career really only started in August

there. “We have got to get know them and they have got to get to

know us and I think it is a fantastic credit to all of them, the

new ones and the ones that were here before, that they have gelled

so quickly. “That includes everybody who has come in. It will take

a bit of time for everyone to be acquainted with each other but we

are happy with the progress we have made so far.”