England ace thrilled to break Reds duck

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Andy Carroll was left beaming after his first goals for Liverpool helped them to an emphatic 3-0 win at home to Manchester City last night.

January transfer deadline day signing Carroll scored the first of a brace when he fired in an unstoppable strike from the edge of the area after 13 minutes.

Carroll added his second on 35 minutes, just a minute after Dirk Kuyt netted.

“It’s been a great day for us, getting my first goal and a great result all round,” Carroll said. “The reception I’ve got from the fans has been great, it’s been fantastic since I got here.”

Of his first goal he added: “It dropped nicely for me on the edge of the area and I knew I’d hit it (cleanly), and I hit it sweeter than thought. We when out to put pressure on them and that’s what we did and got goals early.”

Kuyt praised the strike pairing of Carroll and Luis Suarez, who have impressed in partnership after the England man had been sidelined for an extended period with a thigh injury.

“The players have been very happy with signings of Andy and Luis,” he said. “Andy’s scored his first goals today - it has been tough for him after injury, but he’s played very well.”