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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Dalglish: Media has Carroll agenda

ESPNsoccernet staff

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has taken a swipe at the media for focusing too much on misfiring striker Andrew Carroll.p

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Carroll, signed for 35 million from Newcastle in January, has made 16 Premier League appearances this season, mustering 38 shots and only two goals. Another wasteful display in the disappointing home draw with basement club Blackburn Rovers had the press pointing the finger once more.

"I don't think self-belief is a problem for Andy Carroll, I don't see why it should be,'' Dalglish said. "There's nothing to say he's short of belief and there is no evidence he should be.

"One game he played (started) in we went down to nine men (the defeat at Tottenham) and another (the loss at Fulham) we had another sent off.

"I think yourselves (the media) have a bigger problem with Andy than anyone else. This week is understandable because it is against Newcastle but I don't understand the rest of the stuff.

"I think somebody has got some imagination about the lifestyle that big Andy leads compared to the one that we know he leads.

"So, really, he is unfortunate that he attracts a bit of attention to himself from yourselves. But, for us, he has come here and gone about his work very well on and off the pitch and is adjusting to life at a new club with new philosophies and a new way of playing."

Dalglish also said the club were still awaiting the arrival of the written verdict from Luis Suarez's disciplinary commission which banned the striker for eight-matches.

"We'll tell you when they arrive - I think they'll come on the (FA) website first,'' said the Reds boss.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is backing Carroll to lead the line for England once he finds his feet at Liverpool.

He said: "He hasn't really had a run in that Liverpool side and like all strikers, he probably needs a run. He's a great lad and a great player. I like Andy. It was disappointing to see him left out of the England squad the last time because I think he can be an England player and England's number nine.

"He is going through a period of transition at a new club, finding his feet and finding out that they play slightly differently to how we did here, but he will find his way.''

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