The new season provides a fresh opportunity for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll to prove he is worth the £35 million Kenny Dalglish invested in him.
Having endured an injury-affected start to his Reds career, Carroll impressed in pre-season by netting three goals in six games and, with the benefit of new wingers at Liverpool, punters should not overlook the attractive odds of 20/1 for the Geordie to head his way to the Golden Boot.
Now fighting fit, the 22 year old will be hoping to build on his successful return to the Premier League last year, which saw him score 11 goals in the first 19 games of the season and impress Fabio Capello ahead of the European Championships next summer.
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The introduction of Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson has strengthened the Liverpool ranks over the summer and, with 23 assists between them last season, the quality deliveries into the box Carroll craved towards the end of the campaign last year will now be a common sight at Anfield.
Indeed, having connected well with new signing José Enrique at Newcastle, too, opportunities for the 6ft 3in forward to utilise every inch of his height advantage will be in abundance. It would come as no surprise if he exploited this attribute in a similar fashion to last season, when he netted over 45% of his goals with his head.
Liverpool’s opponents this weekend, Arsenal, know only too well the dangers his height poses, having succumbed to a 1-0 loss at the Emirates last season against Newcastle following a towering header by Carroll.
Suarez may have stolen the show last weekend – which is reflected by his 9/1 odds in this top scorer market – but Carroll has experience of English football at both Premier League and Championship level, which will allow him to dominate teams at both ends of the league.
And with international games against Bulgaria and Wales on the horizon, he will undoubtedly be looking to make a quick impact this season to ensure he has the opportunity to build on his first England goal earlier this year.
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