LUIS SUAREZ has paid tribute to Liverpool strike partner Andy Carroll, and insists there is still more to come from the £35m man.
Carroll’s stock has rocketed of late. The former Newcastle man has scored winning goals in each of his last two appearances, including the strike which secured Liverpool a place in the FA Cup final with victory over Everton last weekend.
And Suarez, who was also on target in that Wembley triumph, believes the England international’s presence makes life easier for his team-mates, who can benefit from Carroll’s physicality and aerial prowess.
Carroll and Suarez are expected to be paired together as Kenny Dalglish’s side take on West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on Sunday. It will be the first time since February that Carroll has started three games in succession; surprising considering the duo have netted 12 goals in 15 starts together.
“I think it’s great for us to have a player of his ability and style,” Suarez said.
“His height and his ability in the air and to bring the ball down makes it easy for us smaller forwards in the side to link up with him.
“You only have to be running alongside him and you find the ball at your feet!”
Having been the butt of much criticism over the course of a trying campaign, last weekend offered a redemption of sorts for Carroll.
His Wembley strike took his season’s tally to eight goals, but Suarez believes his all-round game is equally impressive.
The Uruguayan added: “I think he’s showing that his technique on the ground has really come on and I think in the games where he has featured recently we are now seeing the Andy that we’ve all been wanting to see and he’s really contributing, which is important.”
Dalglish, meanwhile, believes Carroll’s recent goalscoring burst will provide the Reds’ club-record signing with a confidence boost, and says it is reward for the attitude the 23-year-old has displayed this season.
“The goals have been good for him and his confidence,” said Dalglish.
“He has always believed in his own ability and that is what we say about everyone who has come in or who has been here a while.
“We believe in them and if they believe in us and we all stick together we are in with a good chance.
“I don’t see any reason why we would have to change that principle or train of thought.”