Against Chelsea recently, Carroll was reduced to three measly minutes of pitch time, but to his credit, he still managed to deliver a mini footballing masterclass of, which clearly bodes well for the future.
Carroll's skill, movement and composure on the ball were a joy to behold, and offered a timely reminder of why Kenny Dalglish paid such a huge price for his services.
Below is an exciting clip from Carroll's 3 minute run-out against Chelsea, and as I'm sure you'll agree, it totally shatters the myth that he is a lumbering, one-paced technically-bereft lummox of a footballer:
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Does it get any better than this? Sublime first tough; unmatched close control; imperious balance and technique; Zen-like composure on the ball...
If he can stretch this kind of performance over 90 minutes on a regular basis for Liverpool, the club will have one hell of a player on its hands.
£35m? On this evidence, it's a bona-fide bargain.
It was hard to come into a high-pressure game at such a late stage and make a difference, and it's a shame for Carroll that Liverpool are not set-up to play to his strengths. Perhaps that will change in the future, but the ideal scenario would be Carroll adapting to Liverpool's free-flowing pass and move style.
Either way, Carroll is still young, and and there's nowhere better to learn the fine arts of football than Liverpool FC.
N.B. Get over it, it's just light-hearted ribbing...