Dalglish blasts Capello: Nobody knows what Carroll's lifestyle is like apart from him
Published 22:30 08/09/11 By David Maddock
Kenny Dalglish claims the debate over Andy Carroll’s lifestyle is unfair on the player.
But Reds manager Dalglish is unimpressed and defended his £38million striker.
“You don’t know what his lifestyle is like. Nobody knows what his lifestyle is like (except) Andy,” Dalglish insisted.
“I haven’t spoken to Capello (about the comments) - I haven’t spoken to any international manager, but I think it’s unfair to discuss Andy any further - it’s totally unfair on him.”
Dalglish aggressively defended his striker yesterday, and insisted Liverpool have absolutely no worries about Carroll’s lifestyle.
But he refused to publicly criticise Capello, even though the England manager seemed to be at pains during the international break to offer a damning assessment of the forward’s fitness.
The Italian ignored Carroll completely against Bulgaria, and offered the player only a few minutes against Wales, despite admitting the need to get him fitter.
But the Reds boss countered: “I think Andy is very appreciative of advice from anybody who has a standing in football.
“I think he is appreciative of Fabio Capello’s advice who he has great respect for and I think Fabio Capello has great respect for Andy Carroll.”
Carroll was dropped from the Liverpool side that so convincingly defeated Bolton at Anfield a fornight ago, to raise initial doubts about his fitness.
But he is in line for a return for the visit to Stoke on Saturday, with Dalglish indicating he has no worries about the player’s fitness.
Andy Carroll's year
December 28 - Thigh injury picked up in a 2-0 defeat at Spurs rules Carroll out of action for Newcastle for at least three games.
December 30 - While drinking with a group of friends at Aspers Casino in Newcastle, Carroll stands up on the leg rest of a bar stool, which tips over. Carroll crashes on to the wooden floor, clutching his leg and shouting in pain. After recovering, he falls off another stool.
January 31 - With the transfer window set to close, Liverpool have a £30million bid for Carroll rejected but manager Kenny Dalglish goes back in with a £35m offer and gets his man at a record price for a British footballer, and the world’s eighth most expensive player ever.
March 6 - Injury and a struggle to get fit mean Carroll has to wait five weeks to make his Liverpool debut, coming on as a substitute in a 3-1 win over Manchester United at Anfield.
March 10 - Plays his first European game - again as a sub - against Braga and makes his first start for Liverpool a week later in the return leg.
March 29 - Starts up front for England and scores his first senior international goal in a 1-1 draw with Ghana at Wembley.
April 11 - Scores his first goal for Liverpool after 11 minutes against Manchester City - and scores his second just 24 minutes later in a 3-0 home win.
August 27 - Having started but struggled in the first two games of the season, Carroll is dropped to the bench for a Carling Cup tie and the third Premier League game.
September 6 - Comes on a last-minute sub against Wales, having been told by England manager Fabio Capello that he needs to rediscover his best form and get back to the top of his game before reclaiming a starting spot.