Jose Enrique backs 'brilliant' Andy Carroll to show worth
New Liverpool signing Jose Enrique has backed a fit-again Andy Carroll to rediscover his best goalscoring form.
Enrique was a team-mate of the England international at Newcastle and followed him to Anfield seven months after the striker made his club-record £35million move in January.
During the interim period Enrique could see the 22-year-old front man was nowhere near his best - Carroll arrived on Merseyside with a thigh injury and did not make his debut until early March - but has noticed a difference in the player already.
"I watched him play last season and I knew he wasn't fit here," said the Spaniard, who joined the Reds for £6million on Friday and made a solid debut against Sunderland just over 24 hours later.
"I don't care if the player is Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, if a player is not fit, he is not fit.
"For us in Newcastle he was brilliant and I am sure he will be brilliant for Liverpool.
"He is a very good player. When a club like Liverpool pays £35million for Andy I know it is not lucky.
"It is because they think he is a good player. I am sure he is going to do a lot of things very good for us.
"He is playing very well in his position and he is going to be an important player this season."
Latest in Sport
Leicester City 5 Manchester United 3: Mario Balotelli and Gary Lineker lead the trolling of United
Police probe Mario Balotelli racist abuse as Kick It Out voice their displeasure
Frank Lampard equalises for Manchester City against Chelsea: how Twitter reacted
Manchester City vs Chelsea match report: Frank Lampard shows no joy after denying Chelsea victory
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
- 1 Rihanna 'nude photos' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
- 2 Frank Lampard equalises for Manchester City against Chelsea: how Twitter reacted
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 4 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned PR disaster
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God