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Friday 20 January 2012

Coyle gives backing to Carroll

Bolton boss believes Liverpool striker is an "outstanding" player

Andy Carroll scored in Liverpool's 5-1 victory over Oldham earlier this month

Bolton boss Owen Coyle says he is convinced that Liverpool striker Andy Carroll will soon rediscover the form that made him one of the most feared forwards in England.

Wanderers host Liverpool on Saturday evening and Coyle has singled out Carroll as one of the main threats to his side at the Reebok Stadium.

Carroll has scored four Barclays Premier League goals since moving to Anfield in a £35m deal last January but Coyle is fully aware of the potential of the 23-year-old, who scored 11 goals in 19 appearances in his final months at Newcastle.

"I don't think there is any doubt he will reproduce that form," said Coyle. "He is an outstanding young player.

"Andy's quality is unquestioned. He is an outstanding young player"
- Owen Coyle

"The thing is, when you get that kind of criticism you have to come through it with a smile on your face.

"It will serve him well. His quality is unquestioned. We have to make sure he doesn't show it against us."

Bolton, who are currently in the relegation zone, have lost only two of their last five matches and Coyle hopes to maintain that form against Liverpool.

"We have been playing well enough and we go into the game looking to show our qualities," added Coyle.

"We know the qualities Liverpool have but equally we know we can, when we are at our best, win that game and that's what we have to do."

Liverpool have an impressive record against Bolton, winning their last 10 games against the Trotters in a run that extends back to the start of 2007.

Playing Bolton also seems to bring the best out in talismanic midfielder Steven Gerrard, who has scored seven goals against Wanderers.

But Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has warned his side that they face a tricky contest at the Reebok Stadium.

"They have had a tough time at home," said Dalglish. "Last year they were more productive there so we just hope that run continues.

"But it's not going to be easy for us. They're fighting for their lives at the bottom of the League and we've got ambitions to try and move up the League.”

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Key Points

  • Bolton boss Owen Coyle says Andy Carroll will rediscover his scoring touch
  • Liverpool travel to Bolton on Saturday evening
  • Reds boss Kenny Dalglish expecting a tough contest