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January signing scores a brace as Kenny Dalglish's side hammer Manchester City 3-0 at Anfield to keep Europa League qualification hopes alive

Andy Carroll insists Liverpool are targeting a fifth-place finish in the Premier League after their 3-0 victory over Manchester City.

The January record signing grabbed his first goals for the club either side of Dirk Kuyt's well-placed effort as Kenny Dalglish's side put the visitors to the sword in an explosive first half display.

And Carroll got Liverpool off to an excellent start when he scored his first goal for the club after 13 minutes which he followed up with another after the half hour mark to seal the victory, and the former Newcastle man was delighted with the result

“It’s been a great day for me to get my first goals for Liverpool and a great result all round really,” Carroll told Sky Sports.

And the striker was partnered with fellow new arrival Luis Suarez for the first time at Anfield, and the England man is happy with the burgeoning partnership:

“We’ve been working together well in training and it’s showing on match days," he added.

The result moves Liverpool within five points of Tottenham, who currently occupy the Europa League spot, and Dutch star Drik Kuyt supported his team-mates aims, before praising the performance of the striker.

“We’re looking to get fifth place, it’s going to be difficult but we have to try and aim for that,” said Kuyt.

“Andy’s played well after coming back from a 12 week injury to play straight away, his teammates are very happy.

"He’s good in the air, everyone can see that, but he can play with the ball at his feet, he can hold it up and he’s a big threat in the box. So we’re very happy with him.


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