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The Anfield skipper is glad to see the end of his injury-hit year with a goal to secure three points against Newcastle United

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has backed Andy Carroll to end his goalscoring drought after the striker failed to score against his former club Newcastle United on Friday evening.

Gerrard netted his first goal since returning from a two-month spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury in the 3-1 victory at Anfield but saw Carroll squander a number of chances to end his eight-game run without scoring.

“I think he done everything tonight but score, the big man was very unlucky," Gerrard told Sky Sports.

“But if he keeps applying himself like he did tonight I’m sure that the goals are just around the corner.

“It’s not down to just him, it’s down to the rest of the players to provide service for him, but we’re all in it together and we got three points tonight and three great goals and a big game to look forward to against Manchester City.”

Gerrard expressed his delight with his return from injury and has admitted his relief at ending his injury-plagued year which has only seen the midfielder feature in 14 outings for Liverpool.

“I’ve had a terrible year, a lot of injuries but for me I just want to look forward.

“I’m delighted to be back with the lads today and to get on the scoresheet and get three points was a perfect return.”    

He also spoke about the delight of his side getting both three goals and maximum points: “I think of late we’ve got what we deserved, put a lot of pressure on teams, played well and come away without maximum points.

“So it’s really pleasing to get the three points tonight and also score three goals, because we’ve had a bit of criticism for not scoring enough.”

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