Andy Carroll is shaping up for the new Premier League season looking every bit the £35 million man.
Clearly fit and raring to go, he delighted fans at Anfield with a quickfire start to yesterday's friendly match against Valencia, scoring after only seven minutes to set his side on their way to a 2-0 victory with his third pre-saeson goal.
He used his pace to be first to a poor backpass by David Albelda and then turned the loose ball home after his first effort had hit the post. Dirk Kuyt, one of the nine Liverpool substitutes used in the second half, claimed the second after a goalmouth scramble in the last minute to wrap up a satisfactory evening for Kenny Dalglish's men.
Valencia made Liverpool work for their victory and it was thanks to Jose Reina that they achieved their first clean sheet of the pre-season, as he produced sharp saves when he came under pressure from his countrymen.