Alan Shearer backs Andy Carroll to continue improving at Liverpool
Former Newcastle United boss Alan Shearer is backing Liverpool's Andy Carroll to continue his recent improvement at Anfield
Alan Shearer has backed Liverpool’s Andy Carroll to become a success at Anfield after the striker finished the season in impressive style.
The 23-year-old managed a disappointing nine goals in 47 appearances in his first full season with the Reds after moving from Newcastle United in a record £35m deal in January 2011.
But Carroll appeared to have made progress towards the campaign’s climax, with the England international, who is part of Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2012, scoring three goals in his last seven games.
His former manager Shearer believes Carroll needs more time to develop a strike partnership with Luis Suárez, and is convinced the former Magpies forward will improve next season.
“He has finished the season well,” Shearer told Liverpool’s website.
“The Andy Carroll that I saw coming on against Chelsea in the FA Cup final was the Andy Carroll I have seen week in and week out at Newcastle.
“He was bullying defenders, scoring goals, running the channels. The ability is there.
“People forget that the whole system at Newcastle was designed for Andy. That was always the first movement.
“Age is on his side. He absolutely has time. I hope he can build a partnership with Luis Suarez that’s there for many years because he’s a good lad, Andy.
“He wants to improve and he wants to play. I don’t think that Liverpool should change everything just for one player, Liverpool are bigger than that.
“When you go into the team you want chances as a forward and he probably hasn’t had as many as he would have liked.”