Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has called on fans to go easy on the 8th most expensive player of all time, following 22year-old Carroll move from Newcastle to Liverpool in a January deadline day deal.
Carroll has only just returned from injury and has now made two appearances for his new club, and whilst he only played for 15 minutes against Manchester United, the tall striker played well in a losing Liverpool side against Braga.
Lucas is concerned that fans will expect too much from their £35million man, and wants fans to give Carroll time to settle in.
“Andy won every single ball in the air and that gave us a chance to step up,” said the Brazilian.
“He provides another option because as well as being able to play on the ground we have a target man who can hold the ball and score goals.
“We are happy with what he did against Braga but he has been out for a few months and it would be unfair to put any pressure on him.”
Talking about the 1-0 loss that ended the reds 12 game unbeaten run Lucas said, “We are disappointed with the result but I think we can change it at Anfield.”
“I think we knew it would be a difficult game because Braga beat Arsenal at home as well.
“We couldn’t hold the ball as we would like and we were maybe defending more but aside from the penalty (for the goal) they did not have many clear-cut chances.
“We had chances to score but unfortunately we didn’t. Now at Anfield we have to make sure we score more goals and get through to the next round.”