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Sunday 17 December 2017

Kenny slams Carroll 'lies'

'Pool boss hits back at exit talk

LIVERPOOL boss Kenny Dalglish repeated that he had no plans to offload Andy Carroll after watching the £35m striker get on the scoresheet as his side overwhelmed relegation-threatened Wolves 3-0 at Molineux.

Carroll had been the subject of rumours of a potential swap deal with Manchester City for Carlos Tevez, but Dalglish insisted no such deal was ever on the cards.

Dalglish said: "We don't need to justify the rumours. That is not our problem.

Insulting

"You must think we tell you lies because we came out and told you (on Monday) there would be nothing happening.

"It's a wee bit insulting when people don't believe you and I don't see why we need to be anything other than truthful."

Craig Bellamy scored the second goal and tormented Wolves throughout with his threatening runs and tireless work as the Reds climbed to fifth place in the Premier League.

It completed a memorable seven days for Liverpool after their Carling Cup and FA Cup wins over the two Manchester clubs.

Carroll's first league goal for three months -- which also came exactly a year to the day since his transfer from Newcastle -- set Liverpool on the way to victory before Dirk Kuyt wrapped up the scoring.

Dalglish said: "I thought it was a very professional, high quality performance from the players, a fantastic reaction to the previous two games.

"This game became the most important one because it was the next one. They applied themselves well and got what they deserved. I'm delighted with everyone who played.

"It was great for Andy to score a goal. Craig scored a fantastic goal as did Dirk.

Fantastic

"Craig was fantastic. The wee man certainly has been fantastic for us. I wish his numbers were the other way around.

"Instead of being 32, I wish he was 23. He doesn't do anything that surprises you.

"He prepares himself well for matches. He does things for himself within the framework of the team. You expect something to happen."

Dalglish added: "I think the boys deserve great credit for how respectful they were to Wolves.

"Even when they were 3-0 up, they didn't try to belittle them with a couple of flicks here and a couple of flicks there. They got on with the job and deserve a lot of credit for that.

"When it was 3-0, everyone kept working, closing them down and making it difficult for them."

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