JAMIE CARRAGHER believes Liverpool team-mate Andy Carroll has got what it takes to be a striking legend for both club and country.
The £35million frontman is expected to make his fourth start for the Reds against Manchester City at Anfield tonight.
Carroll has yet to open his account following his record-breaking switch from Newcastle in January but Carragher is confident the goals will flow.
The 22-year-old scored on his second appearance for England last month and Carragher expects him to become a permanent fixture in the national side.
“Andy has got all the attributes you need to be a top centre forward,” Carragher said.
“I can’t advise him how to do that, but if I can help him a little bit along the way, along with the coaching staff and the manager and all the other players at the club, then I will.
“Andy has done fantastically well since he has come here. Now he is in the England squad, I think he can establish himself as the country’s number nine for the next decade.
“We will be looking for him to do that for Liverpool.”
Carroll’s partnership with Luis Suarez has already shown signs of promise and Carragher insists given time they will prove to be a lethal double act.
“Andy has just come back from injury and he is still finding his feet,” he added.
“But I’m sure him and Suarez will be a fantastic combination.”
Meanwhile, Lucas Leiva has urged Liverpool’s owners to make Kenny Dalglish manager on a permanent basis.
Fenway Sports Group have confirmed initial talks have been held with the Scot and the Brazilian midfielder says an extended deal would be reward for the transformation in fortunes Dalglish has overseen at Anfield.
“We still have a lot to do and to improve,” Lucas said.
“But the way Kenny is doing it, I think he deserves to get the job.
“We can all see he knows a lot about football and that everything he does is aimed at helping his staff and the players.”
Fenway president Sam Kennedy gave a ringing endorsement of Dalglish’s tenure and said: “The conversations are happening now with the appropriate people. Ian Ayre, Damien Comolli and the ownership.
“Kenny has provided a great lift. He is a wonderful man, passionate about the club.”