Carroll insists his 'boozing days' are behind him since arriving in Liverpool

The striker gained a bad reputation at Newcastle United thanks to his drinking habits, but he is adamant those times are over and he is more settled on Merseyside.

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll insists since his move to Merseyside he has changed his lifestyle and is looking to rid himself of his “boozing” reputation.

The 23-year-old, who scored the Reds’ winner on Saturday in their FA Cup semifinal, had formed a name for himself in his hometown of Newcastle after being spotted in various bars.

However, Carroll says that sort of image is far behind him since arriving at Liverpool and insists he is far more settled.

“My past is my past,” Carroll told reporters. “I feel when I came to Liverpool I changed my lifestyle and everything about it and settled down. I have my girlfriend with me at home and I love it here. I’ll go down the street and people will say to me, ‘Oh, you were in the boozer last week’ but it is just rumors going around. I just laugh it off. It is always going to happen but I just get on with it really. To be honest, I don’t go out at all.

“I know what people say is not true, my family knows it’s not true and the club knows it’s not true so that is all that matters. All I do now is sit in the house with my girlfriend, chill out and watch movies. I’m on the X-Box or I’ll watch T.V. with my girlfriend."

Liverpool’s last two games – a 3-2 win over Blackburn and the Everton cup victory – have seen the 35 million pound attacker score the winning goal in the final moments and he insists starting matches is doing his confidence a world of good.

“I am a fighter," he said. "I am determined to do well here and that’s why I came here. I love it here and I want to stay. I want to play for Liverpool. I didn’t come here to sit on the bench, I came here to play games.

“When you play regularly you get confident and you get into the stride of things and I feel I am doing that now. I am settled down now. When you haven’t been playing, you get low on confidence. I think that is the same with every player. I think when you get a chance to go back in there, you have to show what you are about and I think I have done that. I just have to keep going now.

“I am confident in myself that if I am playing games I will score goals and put myself about. I cannot really do that if I am on the bench and coming on in the last 10 minutes of games.

Carroll is now hoping he can help Liverpool make it a cup double when the club faces Chelsea at Wembley next month.

“We have won one final and hopefully we can win another one," he said. “I always knew that I could do it here and I needed the players around me to help me as well. I feel like we are all coming together now and helping each other a lot more, they’re helping me anyway.

“When I signed I wasn’t fit. I had a knee injury and kept on getting niggles. I’d play one game and then have to drop out again. I feel great now and fully fit. I have been training every day and I haven’t missed a training session. I feel good in myself.”

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