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Liverpool boss Dalglish bemused by obsession with 35m striker Carroll

24 Sep 2011 12:14:19

Liverpool boss Dalglish bemused by obsession with 35m striker Carroll

Kenny Dalglish has questioned the 'obsession' and 'paranoia' over Andy Carroll's form and claimed the striker's ?35million price tag is an irrelevance. The Liverpool manager must decide whether to bring Carroll back into his starting line-up for Saturday's home clash with Wolves after he was rested in midweek for the Carling Cup victory at Brighton. Before that, though, Carroll had underwhelmed in Liverpool's 4-0 defeat at Tottenham last Sunday, leaving his critics again querying the start he has made to the new Barclays Premier League season. Under pressure? Andy Carroll has yet to shine for Liverpool this season 'I think people are obsessed with Andy Carroll,' said Dalglish. 'I'm an old guy and I'm still learning. I don't understand the paranoia with Andy. 'People talk about him like they know him. They don't know him. They talk about his lifestyle what lifestyle? Everybody is obsessed with him. 'He is young. But he's an excellent player and will be a valuable asset for us. He knows we are on the same side as him. That's important. We'll always look after him and I'm sure he'll look after us.' Carroll has only scored twice in the league in for Liverpool since his record breaking move from Newcastle in January - a double against Manchester City in April. A further complication is that Liverpool certainly appear to play more fluent football when Luis Suarez plays alongside Dirk Kuyt or Craig Bellamy. Sharp shooter: Craig Bellamy was on target against Brighton But Dalglish has no problems with how the England international is performing and is dumbfounded that the way he has chosen to use Carroll has caused such conjecture.    'There are other players (here) who haven't played either,' Dalglish said. 'The price tag is irrelevant. So if we get someone in on a Bosman, does that mean they are rubbish?' 'If the team changes, it changes. The team changes not just for the sake of it but for the benefit of everyone for varying reasons. That will continue. 'People can pick out individuals but that's not something we like to do. Everyone will be treated in exactly the same way here, whether they are the most expensive or the cheapest.'  Bellamy excited by blossoming partnership with Suarez after Bright start at LiverpoolI'm desperate for Liverpool to play at the new Wembley, admits GerrardDalglish tells Capello to take it easy with Gerrard for crunch Montenegro tieAll the latest Liverpool news, features and opinion


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