The scoreline in yesterday's win over Brighton may have been a bit flattering, with Liam Bridcutt and Lewis Dunk accounting for as many Liverpool goals as the actual Liverpool players did. But Dunk's aside, Liverpool did all the work to force the ball into the net, and at times it looked as though they couldn't stop scoring, which seemed a foreign concept after so many frustrating draws at Anfield throughout the season.
So yesterday was notable for the amount of Brighton own goals, and the sheer number of goals for a side that's been so impotent for much of the campaign, but it also had another performance worthy of attention from Andy Carroll, who's started to add influence in front of goal to a work rate that had been his only saving grace up until the past few weeks.
Working off a £35m price tag is just not going happen, so we can end that conversation before it starts. Even if he kicks on from here to get himself consistently on the score sheet, he's never going to live up to being the eighth most expensive player ever in history and guys I really mean EVER. Few players are capable of costing that much and actually following through, and I'm not so sure that Andy Carroll is one of them.
But the need for him to justify the cost is more a media issue than it is a Liverpool issue, and over the past month we've seen him grow into a player that could be in the range of good to very good for Liverpool for awhile. His display against Brighton produced a goal and an assist to go along with another hard-working shift at the front. Brighton certainly didn't do anything to help their own cause, but Andy Carroll again showed that he might in fact be a decent enough footballer.
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