Liverpool striker Andy Carroll believes the goals will flow once he becomes a first-team regular at Anfield.
The 23-year-old has had a tough time of it since his record-breaking move from Newcastle United in January 2011. The transfer was a record fee for a British player and Carroll has struggled to live up to the price tag – scoring 10 goals in 51 appearances for the Reds.
Carroll has started just over half of those games and revealed he has been frustrated to spend so much time on the bench.
“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,” said Carroll.
“What I want is to start games and put myself about like I know I can. When I haven’t been playing, you get low on confidence.”
Carroll has every reason to feel confident after scoring winning goals in Liverpool’s last two games – a last-minute winner against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park and a late header at Wembley to book a place in the FA Cup final at the expense of local rivals Everton. Carroll started both matches.
Carroll’s recent resurgence could have as much to do with a change of lifestyle off the field as a run of games on it. He has heeded former England boss Fabio Capello’s warning to change his lifestyle.
“To be honest, I don’t go out at all. I know what people say is not true (rumours of being out on the town), my family knows it’s not true and the club knows it’s not true,” added Carroll.
“All I do now is sit in the house with my girlfriend, chill out and watch movies.” Premier league betting suggests that Carroll may well add to his seasons tally in the remaining fixtures although those looking to bet on Premier League weekend games could do well to review Carroll’s opponents one at a time before placing a bet on him.