Liverpool won 3-0 versus the Manchester City in the English Premier League thank to the first goal made by Andy Carroll since his $57 million transfer to the team.
Carroll’s long-range left-foot shot opened the scoring in the 13th minute of the game at Anfield. A 2-0 score was made by Dirk Kuyt in the 34th minute as his second was added by Carroll a minute later.
“The fans have been fantastic ever since I’ve been here,” Carroll told Sky Sports.
The 6-foot-3 strike from Newcastle was signed in by Liverpool in January to replace Fernando Torres who was sold for 50 million pounds to Chelsea. This was a record payment made between UK Clubs but Torres has not even scored after appearing ten times for the Blues.
“It’s great to see the big man off the mark,” Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish said in comments posted on the club’s website. “The first one was obviously a fantastic strike and the second a good header. Dirk pushed his goal away well too.”
Liverpool’s victory has placed it in the 6th place with 48 points, which is four more than Everton and five less than Tottenham which is in the fifth place. Its 56 points has placed Manchester City in the fourth place.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said City captain Carlos Tevez will most likely be unable to join the F.A. Cup semi-final versus Manchester United scheduled on Saturday due to a hamstring injury.
“It will be very difficult for Saturday,” Mancini told City’s website. “We will try, but we probably need another two weeks.”
Forward Kuyt said Liverpool has seen a lot of difference in its game after it signed up Uruguay striker Luis Suarez and Carroll.
“It makes it a lot easier if you get more quality in the team,” the Netherlands forward said.
“We were very happy with the signings of Andy and Luis and I think you can already see the quality.”
Liverpool is now eyeing to beat Tottenham and even Manchester City to place fourth although Kuyt admitted that this would be a difficult task.
“We like to look up to fifth place. I know it’s very difficult but we have to try,” he said.