Lucas backs under-fire Andy Carroll

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva says he is confident team mate Andy Carroll will kick-start his Liverpool career and start firing on all cylinders in the near future.

Carroll has had a slow start to his career at Liverpool since joining from Newcastle Utd last January, scoring 8 times in 40 appearances.

But Lucas, who himself took several years to get into the rhythm of things at Anfield before establishing himself as a key first team player, says Carroll just needs perseverance and determination.

He told The People, “My start was very hard here in Liverpool. But I didn’t give up and I worked hard on my objectives to adapt myself to the way the Premier League is played. I changed something in my style and it worked.

“I won over the supporters little by little just at the time I was showing that evolution while all the time keeping my desire to win.

“For Andy Carroll, I don’t think that adaptation is a problem any more. I’m sure that he will begin to score a lot of goals very soon.

“The best way he can overcome everything is to not let his head drop but to carry on training harder every day. It works for me and I can work with him as well. What I notice now is I play more quickly, which is how you have to here in England.

“I have developed tactically as well at Liverpool.

“I learned that you have to do your own job very well, respect the limits of the pitch and do everything that the coach asks.”

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