Carroll hoping Gerrard can help him find form at Liverpool
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll is hoping returning skipper Steven Gerrard will help him embark on a goalscoring run for the Reds
Andy Carroll is hoping Steven Gerrard’s return to action will help the striker end his Liverpool goal drought.
The 23-year-old forward has netted just four goals in 24 appearances for the Reds this season, his latest striker coming during the 5-1 FA Cup thrashing of Oldham at Anfield earlier this month.
Reds captain Gerrard, who missed most of last season with a series of niggling injuries, has slotted straight back into Kenny Dalglish’s first-team, scoring three in his last five outings, including the crucial winner from the spot in Liverpool’s Carling Cup semi-final win over Manchester City.
And Carroll admits he is hoping the 31-year-old midfielder can provide him with some assists as he bids to turn around his stuttering form on Merseyside.
“It’s great to have the captain back,” Carroll told LFC magazine. “You can see at Melwood that as soon as he comes out on the training pitch, he’s just different class. I think just him being there gives everyone else another lift and another boost.
“It’s great to see him back and since he has been, he’s already scored three goals so you can see straight away the difference that he makes and the impact he has.
“We haven’t had the chance to start many games together. I think I may have been a sub when he’s started or he has been a sub when I have so it’s nice to see him back.
“When you’re on the same team as him in training, some of the passes he puts through for you and the chances he creates are incredible really.
“So hopefully I can keep working hard, get a nice run of games, give some good performances and get a few goals. If I can get a good run, hopefully that can kick-start me on again.”