DANIEL AGGER believes match-winner Andy Carroll showcased his potential in Liverpool’s dramatic FA Cup semi-final triumph over Everton.
The Danish defender, who was making his first start for the Reds since the Carling Cup final seven weeks earlier, was involved in the defensive mix-up which led to Nikica Jelavic opening the scoring in the first half.
However, Kenny Dalglish’s men fought back in the second half with Luis Suarez’s equaliser followed by Carroll heading home Craig Bellamy’s free-kick.
“It’s a good feeling and to reach a final is always a big achievement,” Agger said. “I think we did well to beat them. At half-time the manager said ‘just carry on’.
“He told us to keep producing chances and try to get a goal or two. We went out there and we did it. It doesn’t matter who scores but we’re all delighted for Andy. It was a great cross from Bellamy and we know Andy is a big guy who is good in the air. He was in the right place to put it away.
“Criticism is normal in football. You have to produce your best every time otherwise you will get criticism.
“Andy showed today that he’s got great potential.
“To score a winner in such a big game so late on was a great feeling for him.
“Now there’s a big desire in the squad to go on and win the FA Cup. The final is going to be special.”
Director of football Damien Comolli was sacked just three days before the semi-final but Agger insists the Frenchman’s departure didn’t hamper the Reds’ preparations for the Wembley showdown.
“It was nothing to do with us,” Agger added.
“We trained as normal in the build up to the game and nothing affected us.”