Dalglish: Carroll has the last laugh

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes Andy Carroll's recent goal against Sweden has marked a return to his true form.

The only goal in the first half....


Scoring goals was never a difficult activity for Carroll while he was at Newcastle. 31 goals in 80 games for the Magpies convinced then Liverpool manager Dalglish to sign the striker for a seemingly exorbitant 35 million pounds. However, his form stuttered after making the Anfield switch and he warmed the bench till the tail-end of the recent campaign. Despite good performances in the Reds' last few Premier League games, many were still critical of Carroll and considered him undeserving of a spot in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad.

Nonetheless, the striker continued his fine form by scoring in England's second group game against Sweden. Dalglish shared with The Mirror that he was impressed with his former charge's performance and the Scot had always known that Carroll would come good.

"Andy Carroll gave something close to the complete centre-forward's performance in Kiev on Friday night, he scored a magnificent header, he held the ball up well and he worked back and made some vital clearances. I have always said that the big man has an awful lot more things going for him than against him and he proved that against Sweden," Dalglish stated.

"The vitriol that has been aimed at him over the past year or so is running out of steam. Even a couple of days ago, I heard someone had written that fans were laughing at him. I think Andy will be the one who is laughing now."

Although Dalglish refused to be drawn into talk of personal vindication after Carroll's recent improvement, he reiterated that the former Newcastle man should not bare the brute of the Reds' struggles.

"I don't have any feelings of personal vindication about the goal he scored. Some people may have questioned my decision to buy him for Liverpool but it's not about me or any of the criticism I have received.Whatever anybody else said, he was always going to come through as a player. His attitude and his determination when he played for me at Liverpool were there for everyone to see," Dalglish shared.

"If he had any problems, it was not really because he was struggling to settle in. It was because there four or five new signings and the existing players were adapting to them. The kind of performance he produced for England in Kiev proves that he is starting to get the benefits of the work he did at Newcastle and Liverpool."

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