Carroll excited for next season

Carroll excited for next season

Published Apr. 12, 2011 12:52 p.m. ET

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll is optimistic about the Reds' chances of success next season following Monday's 3-0 win over Manchester City.

Carroll scored his first two goals for the club since joining from Newcastle in January to help move them to within Tottenham in fifth place.

Europa League qualification remains difficult, but Monday's victory has improved their chances as, should City win the FA Cup but fail to finish in the top four, a Europa League place would go to sixth place.

But even without continental competition next season Carroll can see the potential which exists within the squad under owners Fenway Sports Group.


"We're just putting a team together now," said the England international.

"Me and Luis (Suarez) are new, Flanno (reserve-team defender John Flanagan) played his first game at the back - and I thought he did great - and it shows what we can do for next season.

"The team spirit here is great, there are massive names here, it's a massive club and I don't see why we can't attract big names."

Carroll's own Liverpool debut was delayed by an injury he was carrying when he arrived from Newcastle but finally found his mark in his sixth appearance.

"It was unbelievable. All the lads played well and obviously I got the goals I've been wanting," said the 22-year-old of Monday night's performance.

"I'm here to score goals, though the result is the most important thing and we got the three points.

"The hat-trick would have been nice but, like I say, the three points is the most important."