Liverpool defender Carragher calls for Carroll to be judged on different criteria

Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher has insisted Andy Carroll should not be judged on his £35m transfer fee after the striker scored the winning goal in Liverpool’s 2-1 FA Cup semi-final victory over Everton, the Independent has reported.

Carragher, who started the Wembley showpiece in a central defensive partnership with Martin Skrtel which handed Everton the lead after a moment of miscommunication, said: “Andy has proved on the big stage what he is capable of and he has proved all his critics wrong. He was superb for us in the semi-final and has been every time he has been called upon.

Carroll’s goal was his eighth of the season in his 43 appearance, having also scored a late winner in midweek against Blackburn Rovers as Kenny Dalglish recorded a dramatic 3-2 victory over his former side. In total Carroll has played 51 times for Liverpool since moving from Newcastle United in January 2011, netting 10 times in the process.

Carragher added that the partnership between Carroll and Luis Suarez, who scored Liverpool’s equalising goal after a mistake by Everton defender Sylvain Distin, has the full faith of everyone at Anfield.

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