Carroll tells Dalglish: I can't score on the bench
Published 22:31 16/04/12 By David Maddock
Andy Carroll has told Kenny Dalglish: “I didn’t come to Anfield to sit on the bench”.
In a thinly-veiled attack on his manager, Liverpool's record signing insisted his confidence has been shattered by player rotation, which hasn’t offered him enough first-team opportunities since his £35m arrival from Newcastle 14 months ago.
Carroll has responded to a rare run in the team by scoring two winning goals in four days and rescue Liverpool’s disintegrating season.
Now, he says that if he was given a fair chance, he would deliver.
“I am confident in myself that, if I am playing games, I will score goals and put myself about,” said the goal-scoring hero of the Reds’ FA Cup semi-final win over neighbours Everton.
“I cannot really do that if I am on the bench and coming on in the last 10 minutes of games.
“It has just been difficult in terms of not playing.
"I feel I have given it my best shot.
"What I want is to start games and put myself about like I know I can. When I haven’t been playing, you get low on confidence. I think that is the same with every player.
“It is always hard when you come into a team and you haven’t been playing every week. It is always hard for anyone just to perform straight away and when you don’t know if you are going to be in.”
Carroll has been subjected to intense scrutiny after a disappointing return of just 10 goals since his move to Anfield.
Yet in all that time, he has never been given more than three consecutive games by Dalglish.
With his confidence hit by a lack of opportunities, Carroll’s value has plummeted, and it is that slump in his potential future fee that seemed to lead to the departure of Director of Football Damien Comolli last week.
Carroll, though, insisted he will prove he can live up to his massive price tag.
“I have signed a long contract and want to stay," he added. "There is a lot more for me to give here. I just need to play games and I’m confident I’ll score goals.”