Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish hails 'fantastic' Andy Carroll double after win over Manchester City

Scot delighted with £35m signing's partnership with Luis Suarez as Reds crush City in dominating first half display at Anfield

By Greg Stobart at Anfield

Kenny Dalglish hailed 'fantastic' Andy Carroll after the £35 million striker scored his first Liverpool goals in the 3-0 win over Manchester City on Monday night.

Liverpool's record signing struck twice in the first-half with a long-range shot and a header either side of a classy finish from Dirk Kuyt.

It was Carroll's sixth match since his January switch from Newcastle, and Reds boss Dalglish was delighted with the Geordie's display alongside fellow winter signing Luis Suarez.

“It's great to see Andy getting off the mark. The first goal was a fantastic header and the second a good header," Dalglish told reporters.

“You can see Andy and Luis building a partnership the more they play together. I thought Luis was great today and unlucky not to score a goal.”

The result moved Liverpool to within five points of fifth placed Tottenham but Dalglish was keen to focus on the positives of the performance rather than his side's European aspirations.

“Theoretically, it's possible we could get in Europe,” added the Scot. “But as I keep saying, we are only focussing on one game at a time and we will see how many points we've got at the end of it.

“It's satisfying for everybody that we scored three goals and didn't concede any. There was not much wrong with the evening's work.

“It was a fantastic performance. We deserved the 3-0 victory. We scored three in the first-half and in the second-half we produced a very professional performance. We didn't want to encourage Manchester City.

“It didn't seem easy," he added. "We worked really hard to keep them quiet. The credit should go to our players for the way they played.

“They had to work that hard to get an excellent result against a good side. We got our reward with the victory.”

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