Kenny will wait for Carroll goals

Having scored for England in Tuesday’s friendly against Ghana, in

only his second appearance, the next landmark for the 22-year-old

is to open his account for the team he joined from Newcastle in

January. And Dalglish admits it may take a while before Carroll and

fellow transfer window arrival Luis Suarez can live up to the boast

of captain Steven Gerrard that Liverpool now possess “the most

feared strikeforce in the league”. The pair have played just 87

minutes together over two matches because of Carroll’s

injury-delayed debut and Suarez’s ineligibility in Europe. But even

during that brief period there have been glimpses of a potentially

exciting attacking partnership. Gerrard certainly sees the

potential but his manager was less inclined to go overboard just

yet. “I don’t think he is a bad judge if he thinks Andy and Luis

are a very strong strikeforce,” said the Scot. “Andy has a bit to

go to get himself up to match fitness but he came in here for

five-and-a-half years, not a few months. “As (England coach) Fabio

Capello said, he’s not going to get fit as quickly as an Aaron

Lennon, but we’ll be patient and when he’s ready he’s ready. “We

won’t put any timescale on it and we’ll take it as it comes. “The

60 minutes he got for England was very helpful in his recuperation

and his fight to try to get back to full fitness. “We are delighted

with the two players we have. Whether they are the best or not is

subjective – everyone is entitled to their own opinion.” Carroll

has already displayed an aerial dominance Liverpool have been

lacking for several years but such a bonus can also be a hindrance

if it detracts from the pattern of play Dalglish has established in

the two months since taking over from Roy Hodgson, whose West Brom

side he will face on Saturday. The Reds boss is aware there may be

a temptation to go long, early, to the England international –

there have been many examples already in the four appearances he

has made since recovering from injury. He admits it will take time

to integrate a player with Carroll’s attributes into a side

indoctrinated in passing football but he trusts his players to work

it out. “We know what Andy Carroll is about and we know what his

assets are,” said the 60-year-old. “Sometimes when you’re

struggling a bit it’s a great asset to have but we’ve got to pick

and choose our moments. “It’s up to us to get to know Andy, and

Andy to get to know us. “I don’t think we’ve done too badly in the

game and a bit he’s played for us (in the Barclays Premier League).

“We were better the second time than we were the first. “We’ve got

intelligent footballers here and Andy is not unintelligent himself

when it comes to football so I’m sure they’ll work out when’s right

and when’s wrong. “I’m sure they won’t get it right every time but

they’ll get it right most of the time.” Off the field Dalglish gave

his backing to managing director Ian Ayre’s confirmation that the

club would only sell naming rights on a new stadium, not a

redeveloped Anfield. No decision has been taken by owners Fenway

Sports Group on which option will be pursued but Liverpool stressed

if they remained in their current home there would be no sponsor’s

name attached to pay for the renovations. “For me, being a

traditionalist, Anfield is a fantastic ground with fantastic

history and memories but unless they (FSG) can get the ground up to

the capacity they want they will have to move somewhere else,” said

the man regarded as the Reds’ greatest player. “Going to a new

ground would have its own interests: there would be more people

there, it would still be Liverpool playing there and it would still

be romantic and it would be a fantastic stadium with fantastic

support in it. “To rename a new stadium is something most people do

anyway. You don’t get any old stadiums renamed so I don’t think

they would rename Anfield.”