Kenny Dalglish has hinted that Andy Carroll will start the Europa League last-16 second-leg tie against Braga, and has called upon the target man to fire Liverpool into the quarter-finals of the competition.
Carroll’s strength and aerial presence made him a potent threat when he came on in Portugal. The Braga defence too seemed unsure of how to handle him, resorting to pure physicality in the end.
Dalglish called for Carroll to retort by sending the Portuguese side out of the competition. “The best way for him to respond would be to do what he did last week; keep his composure,” Dalglish told the Daily Telegraph. “The best way for Andy to answer anything is to be on the winning side.”
Dalglish backs Reina.
With Pepe Reina about to make his 300th Liverpool appearance in Thursday night’s Europa League game with Braga, Kenny Dalglish felt moved to praise the Spanish goalkeeper who has made such a tangible impression at Anfield since arriving from Villarreal in 2005.
“In my opinion Pepe Reina is one of, if not the, best ‘keeper in the world,” the Scot told Skysports.com. “I know he doesn’t get in the national side but if it’s my opinion you’re asking for that would be my shout.”
At just 28 years of age, it is not inconceivable that Reina could yet play many more games for the Merseysiders, something which would delight Dalglish. “He has been fantastic for this football club and is a great asset to us,” he said.
Reds eye Eagles’ duo.
Liverpool scouts are thought to have been keeping tabs on young Crystal Palace duo Wilfried Zaha and Jon Williams with the intention of making a bid to sign both in the summer, the Daily Mirror reports.
Zaha has caught the eye of the Liverpool scouts throughout the season and is rated as one of the top prospects in English football outside of the top flight. As well as breaking into the Palace first team, he is a member of the England Under-19 squad and has earned admiring glances from Tottenham, Newcastle United and Arsenal.
Although yet to break into the first team, 17-year-old Williams has impressed in reserve matches and Kenny Dalglish is thought to already be an admirer.