Shearer backs Carroll to succeed at Liverpool

Andy Carroll has been back to succeed at Liverpool by former England captain and Newcastle United striker and manager Alan Shearer, the Guardian has reported.

Carroll, 23, moved to Merseyside from Newcastle in January 2011 and, the Guardian notes, has struggled at times. But Shearer, who oversaw Newcastle’s relegation from the Premier League in 2008-9, having scored more than 200 goals for the club as a player, believes Carroll is young enough to adapt to life at Anfield.

Shearer said: “People forget that the whole system at Newcastle was designed for Andy. That hasn’t always been the case for him at Liverpool this year. Maybe that’s why he hasn’t played as much as he would have liked to. Age is on his side. He absolutely has time.

Carroll made 47 appearances for Liverpool in the season just ended but often came off the bench, scoring nine goals in all competitions in the process. Carroll’s last goal of the season came in the FA Cup final against Chelsea when, on as a substitute, he scored to pull a goal back for Liverpool after Chelsea had gone 2-0 in front. The Guardian praised Carroll for his Wembley impact after the striker also scored the winning goal in the semi-final against Everton.

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