No guarantees for Andy Carroll

Kenny Dalglish has stated that Andy Carroll is not guaranteed a starting XI place at Liverpool, but denies claims that he had any problems with the striker.

The former Newcastle frontman was left out of the side that beat Brighton 2-1 in the Carling Cup in midweek, but the Scottish coach has stated that he was merely enforcing squad rotation.

“Andy is a professional footballer who understands what goes on in football. He worked really hard at Tottenham. It was a bad performance and a bad day for us,” he told Sky Sports.

“We don’t have a team, we have a squad. There will be times when someone will play and others won’t. Sometimes you’ll be lucky and sometimes you’ll be unlucky.”

“The football club is more important than one individual, including myself. I’m sure the players realise that. Although there will be a disappointment if you aren’t playing, I think there’s an understanding as well,” he continued.

Craig Bellamy was preferred to Carroll in attack, and Dalglish was full of praise for the Wales international attacker.

“We knew what we were getting when Craig came in. We’ve said many times before what Craig brings to this football club.”

“He had a year out last year when he played at Cardiff rather than in the Premier League and I think we are getting the benefit of that because he has got a hunger to come in and impress.

“He’s got a desire because maybe he went away with a wee bit of unfinished business the last time he left here. So he’s got a desire to relight that and we’ll get the benefit of it.

“He’ll make a contribution to the football club over the length of his contract and hopefully this is just the beginning for him.

“He loves playing football and is really enthusiastic. He wants to do well and we’ll help him to do that all that we can,” Dalglish concluded.

Liverpool host Wolves at Anfield on Saturday, and will look to get back to winning ways after losing their last two league games.
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