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Coaching and Development Manager
Football Federation South Australia
Kenny maintains Carroll belief
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish remains firmly behind his record signing Andy Carroll.
The £35million signing has yet to really deliver since his move from Newcastle and he has just two goals to his name this season.
But the Liverpool chief is happy with the progress of the 22-year-old and insists the price-tag is not an issue.
"The price we paid for Andy seems to be a problem for some people, but not us," Dalglish insisted.
"We are looking at it from the point of view that he cost us minus £15m. That's a good argument against people who say he's replaced a £50m striker.
"We don't look at anyone's price tag. If someone comes here for nothing we don't see them as being better than someone who cost us £20m and vice versa.
"If you can pass the ball, score goals and play well then we are happy. Money is irrelevant. We are absolutely delighted with Andy Carroll."
Dalglish also rubbished any suggestions that Carroll was failing to settle in the area.
"I don't know where people get their ideas from. Stories have appeared on the internet about him and they circulate even though they're not true," he blasted.
"Andy will settle in here and there will be no problem. He's only a boy and we have been happy with what he's done.
"Two of the last three games he has played have been his best performances for the club. We know he's moving forward and we know he'd love to play in the Euros next summer for England.
"I am sure he will be under consideration for that. The better he does for us, the better chance he has of being picked ."
England boss Fabio Capello also remains firmly behind Carroll, insisting he can play a major role for his country.
"I will monitor all the players during the next few months," Capello said.
"If he returns to good condition and is in good form, he is one of the players that I have selected in the past.
"Carroll has always been in the provisional squad but what they all have to understand is that no-one is sure to be here.
"With all young players you need to wait. He went from Newcastle to Liverpool. The pressure is different.
"Andy Carroll is a good player. He is a good talent. But he needs to score
goals. For a forward it is like a drug."
Date: 2011-11-22 11:17:32