Dalglish: Liverpool the only club for Carroll

01 February 2011 04:19
Kenny Dalglish has claimed ?35million Andy Carroll was only going to choose one club when his time at Newcastle was up.

Despite being chased by a number of leading Barclays Premier League clubs Carroll was always going to choose Anfield as his destination, according to his new manager.

Dalglish, who also signed Ajax ace Luis Suarez for ?22.8m on deadline day, said: 'Andy was leaving Newcastle which was a wrench for him as a local boy, but if he was going to go anywhere there was only one club he'd want to come to.

No 9: ?35m Andy Carroll (left) will wear the shirt vacated by Chelsea-bound Fernando Torres

'As everyone knows, he is a young boy with a fantastic talent and this is a great opportunity for him. He was in the England squad last year and did very well. I know Newcastle will be deeply hurt to lose him but it's a great signing for us.

'That's a fantastic accolade to the football club, to the supporters, the owners and everyone connected with it. The owners have been fantastically supportive during this window. In fact they may be slightly disappointed they didn't get someone else.

'Anyone who had any doubts about hunger or anybody taking this club forward, they're gone now. In the summer we'll be looking forward to trying to enhance what we've got.

'A very important factor for us is that both players wanted to come here. Liverpool was their first choice. Certainly in Luis' case he had other options but he chose here for the right reasons.

Done deal: Luis Suarez (right) also joined Liverpool on deadline day for ?22.8m

'He loves the club and has a little bit of history of watching the club on television when he was younger. Andy Carroll is exactly the same.'

Dalglish went on to claim Carroll has all the ingredients to emerge as a huge success on Merseyside.

He added: 'If you look at the game against us he scored one and was involved in the other two. If we can get the same return off him in every game as he did against us then we'll be delighted.

'He's just a young boy with a great talent. He's a big lad but is very good on the deck as well, he has good feet, he's very strong in the air and he'll give us a bit of presence up front.

'He's a little bit different to what we've been used to but it won't change our principles and philosophies of how we want to play.

'At the moment he's got a bit of a knock and is probably a few weeks away from playing, but the signing wasn't made to cover a few weeks. He signed for five and a half years and there's a lot of weeks in that time when he'll be fit and playing for us.'

Gone: Liverpool moved on swiftly after Fernando Torres began talks with Chelsea

Having spent over ?57m on a new forward line Dalglish is confidentthat the club can be successful without the talismanic Fernando Torres.

'We're disappointed that he's gone but the football club willcontinue and the football club will try its best to move on and go fromstrength to strength,' he said.

'The football club will appreciate people that have been here and had a go for the club but it won't dwell on the past.

'We'll look forward and look upwards hopefully.'

Dalglish added on liverpoolfc.tv: 'There is no one anywhere in theworld at any stage who is any bigger or any better than this footballclub.'

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