ANDY CARROLL has vowed to repay the faith shown in him by both Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool FC’s supporters by firing the Anfield outfit to Champions League qualification.
Carroll has endured a frustrating time with injury and loss of form since his club record £35million move from Newcastle United almost 12 months ago.
The striker has scored only six times in 33 appearances, the most recent goal coming in the FA Cup rout against Oldham Athletic earlier this month.
Carroll struggled to make an impact as a second-half substitute during Saturday’s goalless Premier League draw at home to Stoke City, with Liverpool dropping down to seventh in the table.
But the 23-year-old believes he can still help bolster a strikeforce that has scored only 24 times in 21 top-flight games this season.
“The supporters have been brilliant to me ever since I came here and it was great to hit the back of the net (against Oldham),” said Carroll. “Hopefully I can now go on a goalscoring run.
“The objective is qualifying for the Champions League and we are up there and still in with a great chance of achieving that aim.
“We’ve done really well against the top teams and our away form has been great but in some of the home games we’ve struggled to put our chances away and I think that’s where we need to make sure we can start to punish teams.
“Hopefully we can start taking our chances and score more goals as a team.”
He added: “There’s a great spirit among the lads.
“In the dressing room everyone is friends, that shows in training and I think you can see the spirit in games too.”
Liverpool manager Dalglish has called on Liverpool to be more decisive in the final third if they are to solve their goalscoring issues and arrest a run of seven draws in 11 league games at Anfield.
The suspended Luis Suarez has five league goals this season and Craig Bellamy four, but no other player has managed more than two.