Liverpool's Martin Skrtel has admitted he is relieved that he won't have to come up against new team-mate Andy Carroll any time soon, suggesting that the striker's partnership with Luis Suarez looks set to terrify opposition defences.
The Slovakian defender, who came up against Carroll in Newcastle's defeat of Liverpool at St James' Park in December, stated that the forward was one of the most difficult opponents he has faced in England.
Speaking to the club's official site, the 26-year-old said: "I remember this game and it was very difficult for us defenders because he is a great player.
"He's strong and a big lad and it's very difficult to play against him.
"Now I am happy he is in our team. It's good to have a player like him in our team.
"He's definitely one of the toughest strikers I've played against in the Premier League. He's strong, he is good with his head and he can keep the ball.
"I don't know how defenders will feel but they could be scared because Carroll and Suarez is a very strong forward line.
"Andy can help Luis because he can keep the ball for him.
"Luis has more skills and working with the ball. This is good for them working together and could be good for the club."