Carroll ready to live up to record price tag

Andy Carroll has insisted he will cope with the pressure of his record-breaking transfer to Liverpool.

Updated: February 04, 2011 01:55 IST
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Liverpool: Andy Carroll has insisted he will cope with the pressure of his record-breaking transfer to Liverpool.

The 22-year-old England striker moved to Liverpool from Premier League rivals Newcastle for £35 million -- the highest sum paid for a British player -- on Monday's transfer deadline day.

Carroll was also given the No 9 shirt of Fernando Torres -- the man he replaced at Anfield -- following the Spain forward's £50 million transfer to English champions Chelsea.

But having been a striker with hometown club Newcastle where forwards such as Alan Shearer have always been accorded special status by the north-east club's fans, the 6ft 3in Carroll is looking forward to life at Liverpool.

Currently sidelined with a thigh injury, he also believes the off-field controversies he endured at Newcastle, including being fined for common assault, will also stand him in good stead on Merseyside.

"I feel I am ready," he told a news conference on Thursday. "I have made the move now and I feel like I have settled down and know what I need to do and concentrate on my football.

"It feels really like home now. I know it's only been three days but the welcome I've had from everyone, where I'm staying and at the training ground has just been great.

"Obviously Torres was a great player but I need to concentrate on my own game and play the football I know I can.

"It was a lot of money but I need to do what I have to do to prove the money was worth it.

"I have scored goals at Newcastle and that is what I want to bring here - we'll just have to wait and see."

Carroll added: "The club is going places, they are pushing on in Europe and I'm looking forward to getting back fit and playing."

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish had no doubts Carroll's arrival represented money well spent, with the Anfield great telling reporters: "I'd like to reassure Andy we are more upbeat about Andy coming than I think yourselves (the media) are because every question seems to have negativity in it.

"We know he is a young boy and the price might be a bit more than what some people think it should be but then every single person in here has to justify their wages and their costs."

Former Liverpool and Scotland striker Dalglish added: "He is someone the players and supporters will take to.

"You also have to understand it is a difficult life for footballers to adjust to being in the limelight - going from being 16, 17 years of age to within three or four years being transferred for £35 million.

"It is a huge change in your life. I am sure he will handle it very well.

"If he does have any problems he has all the help in the world here but he will be the first person to admit that he will help himself more than anyone else can."

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