Wolves 0 Liverpool 3: Dalglish delighted with ‘fantastic’ Carroll
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish praised Andy Carroll after the striker inspired the Reds to a comfortable win over Wolves
Kenny Dalglish hailed Andy Carroll’s “fantastic” performance after the striker scored his first goal in six games to help Liverpool to a comfortable victory at Molineux.
Carroll, 23, celebrated the first anniversary of his £35m move to Liverpool with a clinical strike to put the visitors ahead after 52 minutes.
Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt both scored in the last half hour to seal the Reds’ first league victory in 2012, moving Dalglish’s side into fifth position.
“We’re pleased with everybody,” said Dalglish. “It was a great finish for the first goal. A great ball in from Charlie Adam and a great finish from Andy who played really well.
“He’s a Liverpool footballer and he will make a contribution for us many times. He flicked on one on Saturday for Dirk Kuyt to score against Manchester United and did the same for Craig Bellamy at Bolton.
“If he gets a goal he gets a goal, but his contribution is fantastic.”
Liverpool’s chances were limited in a cagey first half before Carroll made the breakthrough when he steered Charlie Adam’s dangerous cross past Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.
Mick McCarthy’s side struggled to cope with Bellamy’s pace and the Welsh forward capped another impressive display with a neat right-footed finish to double the Reds’ advantage.
Kuyt then added a third following a sweeping counter-attack – and the Dutch striker stressed the importance of continuing to beat the sides below the Reds in the table.
“We said to each other in the changing room before the game that the most important thing is winning our own games because we’re sure the teams above will lose points,” said Kuyt.
“Against the Manchester clubs, we’ve shown we can compete with the best but these are the games you have to win if you’re going to be involved in the top four.”