In an interview with The Guardian, Carroll spoke openly of his frustrations, and of his belief that, after scoring two last gasp winners in five days for the Reds, things are on the up for him at Anfield now.
“My past is my past, 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 am settled down now. I’ll go down the street and people will say to me, ‘Oh, you were in the boozer last week’ but it is just rumours going round. I just laugh it off really, 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 Xbox or I’ll watch TV with my girlfriend.”
Liverpool’s record signing went on to talk of his frustrations when he was not in Kenny Dalglish’s starting eleven, and how those disappointments have spurred him on:
“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. It has just been difficult in terms of not playing really. I feel I have given it my best shot and what I want is to start games and put myself about like I know I can.To score the winner in the semi-final and get us to the final it is obviously a great feeling. Scoring against Blackburn and scoring against Everton is a great lift for me. When you play regularly you get confident and you get into the stride of things and I feel I am doing that now.”
In a week when Carroll’s Liverpool future has again had doubt cast upon it, the 23 year old reiterated his desire to stay at the club and become a success:
“I want to play for Liverpool,” he stated. “I didn’t come here to sit on the bench, I came here to play games and I am fully fit and I am prepared to stick at it no matter what I get off the pitch or on the pitch. I will stick at it and work my hardest. I have signed a long contract, obviously I have signed here to stay. There is a lot more for me to give and a lot more to win here. I love it here and I want to stay.
“I am a fighter. I am determined to do well here and that’s why I came here. We have reached two finals. We have won one and hopefully we can win another one. No matter what people say about me I know what I am about and know what I can do. I just need to play games and I’m confident I’ll score goals.”
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In other news, Reds striker Luis Suarez has rubbished reports that he is set to leave Anfield this summer, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Liverpool’s Uruguayan ace said:
“I will continue at Liverpool, it is obvious I will continue.I have four years left on my contract and I am very happy and content to be here and I hope good things continue.”
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