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Alan Pardew backs former Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll to find his feet at Liverpool

The Magpies boss revealed he will not be looking to sign a striker in January, despite Demba Ba's AFCON participation, but remains keen to bolster his defence

Alan Pardew has claimed that Liverpool have not given former Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll enough opportunity to stake a claim for a regular place in the side.

Carroll has failed to impress at Anfield since his £35 million switch in January, scoring just four times since his deadline day move to Merseyside.

Pardew remains confident that the 22-year-old will soon adapt to life at Liverpool, but believes he needs to be given a stint in the side by Kenny Dalglish in order to do so.

"He hasn't really had a run in that Liverpool side and like all strikers, he probably needs a run,” Pardew said ahead of the two sides' meeting on Friday.

"He's a great lad and a great player. I like Andy. 

"It was disappointing to see him left out of the England squad the last time because I think he can be an England player and England's number nine.

"He is going through a period of transition at a new club, finding his feet and finding out that they play slightly differently to how we did here, but he will find his way."

Despite club top scorer Demba Ba set to depart for the African Cup of Nations in January with Senegal, Pardew has insisted he will not look for striking reinforcements in next month's window, but remains keen to bring in a defender following Steven Taylor's Achilles injury.

"As far as we are concerned, we will go with what we have got. It was just unfortunate, and unfortunate for the player,” he added of Taylor's injury.

"You can imagine the player [Ba] is probably more disappointed than anybody else, but these things happen and we will have to do a lot of work now between now and the summer to locate another striker.

"We accepted that was going to happen. We knew when we signed him that the African Nations Cup was coming up, so we will just get on with it. 

"But it will be a loss because he is in great form, of course.

"You have to pay over the odds in this window, everybody does, and you have to accept that if you are going to invest in this window, and we won't in terms of a striker. 

"We need to bring in a defender."

With midfielder Cheikh Tiote continually linked with a move to a top four side, Pardew has once again reiterated it will take a substantial sum for any of his first-term players to be prized away from the Sports Direct Arena.

"We are on our guard, like most Premier League clubs are, that your best players might be looked at, but as I have said all along, anybody coming out of here is going to be for a lot of money."

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