Liverpool strike-force will frighten people - Dalglish
Published 23:16 02/02/11 By David Maddock
Luis Suarez became an instant Anfield hero last night, as boss Kenny Dalglish insisted the striker will create a new Liverpool fantastic four.
The £23million striker scored on his debut as the Reds strolled to a comfortable 2-0 win over Stoke, but it is the amazing new forward line Liverpool will eventually boast that had their manager purring.
Raul Meireles scored the first before Suarez added the icing on a competent display, and Daglish believes when the pair are joined by £35million Andy Carroll and supplied by Steven Gerrard it will create an awesome foursome that will have the Premier League trembling.
"I really believe we will start to frighten some of the opposition when they come here when we've got Luis, Carroll, Gerrard, and Meireles all together," Dalglish insisted.
"They are four fantastic players. Andy will be a few weeks when he's fit, but we haven't bought him for a few weeks, and when he comes in, they are four fantastic footballers who will give us an exciting attacking line up.
"I was delighted for Suarez. He's not even had the opportunity to train with us yet because of administrative problems to sort out. He couldn't even train in the morning with us, but got a goal in the evening, and that's impressive."
Suarez was awarded the goal after he scored 16 minutes after coming on as substitute, but he was helped by Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson, who turned the ball onto his post and ultimately into the net.
Many people will question whether it should be accredited as an own goal, but even Stoke boss Tony Pulis wanted to give it to Suarez, and Dalglish joked:
"His goal? Well I gave him it! It was going in - and he can have the first one as well as far as I'M concerned.
"It's great for him to score on his debut. He's such a good guy and a happy guy who has a big smile on his face every day, and he deserves such a good start to his Anfield career."
While Suarez was already writing his name in Anfield legend, record signing Andy Carroll watched on with satisfaction from the sidelines, after receiving a hero's welcome before the game.
Dalglish believes it will be at least three weeks before the big centre forward is fit, but he insisted it will be worth the wait. "Andy was bought for the long term, we'll have lots to celebrate with him in the future."