Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish insists Andy Carroll will prove no £35 million flop.

Dalglish can be prickly when pressed on Carroll but, though his protection of the 22-year-old is admirable, even Dalglish will recognise the time is approaching when the man he refers to as 'Big Yin' has to deliver.

"If he gets an opportunity, I am sure he will take it with two hands," Dalglish said.

"It takes a bit of time for everyone to get acquainted with each other but we are happy with the progress we have made so far."