Dalglish stands by his man

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has defended striker Andy Carroll, amid concerns from international manager Fabio Capello.

The Italian coach stated in midweek that he worried about Carroll’s form, fitness and lifestyle away from the game, but Dalglish has come to the former Newcastle attacker’s defence.

“I think it is unfair to discuss Andy. Everyone wants to talk about it but we have said what we have had to say. What we have said is very pertinent and very honest. We know the truth,” the Scot told The Telegraph.

“We do not have any problem whatsoever with Andy. We are delighted to have him here and he will be a fantastic asset for us. Last year it was our fault that we played him when we should not have done. Just judge him for what he does on the pitch.

“We have said often enough that Andy was not properly fit last season because of injury but that seems to fall on deaf ears. We have been very pleased with the level of fitness he has achieved this season.

“Andy is wiser than a lot of people who write about it in the press. I don’t think Andy’s lifestyle is anything like what you would like it to be to get stories,” he concluded.

Liverpool take on Stoke at the Brittania Stadium on Saturday, with Carroll expected to start alongside Luis Suarez up front.