Kenny enjoying strike partnership

BY foxsports • April 12, 2011

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish can already see a successful partnership developing between strikers Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.

Both impressed in Monday night's 3-0 victory over Manchester City which was even more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.

Suarez was denied early on when his shot was tipped onto a post by goalkeeper Joe Hart but Carroll made the breakthrough everyone at Anfield had been waiting for when he scored his first two goals since joining for £35million in January.

The 22-year-old smashed one past Hart from 25 yards and headed in Raul Meireles' cross either side of Dirk Kuyt scoring his 11th of the season.

But in addition to the goals it was the relationship between his two forwards, bought for a combined £57.8million, which pleased Dalglish.

"You can see the more Andy and Luis play together the better the understanding is," said the Scot.

"I thought Luis played outstandingly and was unfortunate not to open the scoring when he hit the post.

"I think everyone can see their partnership is developing but the quality of the service up to them was pretty special last night."

He added: "It is great to see the big man get off the mark.

"The first one was a fantastic strike, the second a good header."

Of the performance itself, in which City's expensively-assembled side did not force a save of note from Jose Reina until the 83rd minute, Dalglish added: "It was very enjoyable.

"I don't know whether it was the best performance (since his return as manager in January) but it was enjoyable.

"It was a fantastic performance. I think they thoroughly deserved the 3-0 victory.

"We had plenty of opportunities to add to the three goals and it is a great boost for us beating a team as good as Man City 3-0 and deservedly as well.

"I don't think it is easy to keep City quiet and I think you should pay credit to them for the way they kept them quiet.

"It was a greater tribute in the second half, even though they were 3-0 up, that they didn't want to lose a goal and they created a lot of chances as well but unfortunately we didn't put any away.

"It is a great result for the players and won't do them any harm at all."

Carroll himself was naturally delighted to get off the mark.

"It was a great day for us, getting my first goal and a great result all round," he said.

"The reception I've got from the fans has been great, it's been fantastic since I got here."

Of his first goal he said: "It dropped nicely for me on the edge of the area and I hit it sweeter than I thought.

"We went out to put pressure on them and that's what we did and got goals early."

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