‘Play me and I’ll score’ says £35m Liverpool striker Andy Carroll

'PLAY ME' PLEA ... Liverpool's Andy Carroll says he needs to start more games.
'PLAY ME' PLEA ... Liverpool's Andy Carroll says he needs to start more games.

FORMER Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll has told the club who paid £35m for him: “Play me and I’ll score goals for you.”

The 23-year-old believes he has spent too much time on Liverpool’s substitutes’ bench since his big-money move to Anfield.

The England international has, as yet, failed to live up to his price tag following a frustrating start to his Reds career.

Carroll has, however, gone some way towards repaying his fee in the past week.

He followed a late winner at Blackburn with the goal that sent Liverpool through to the FA Cup final, at the expense of closest rivals Everton.

Ironically, the goal also boosted his former club Newcastle United’s chance of playing European football next season.

Carroll started both games and, after a season in which he has come off the bench in 14 of his 31 league appearances, says he will only get better with more time on the pitch.

“I am confident in myself that, if I am playing games, I will score goals and put myself about,” he told various newspapers.

“I cannot really do that if I am on the bench and coming on in the last 10 minutes of games.

“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.”