Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish was delighted with Andy Carroll's performance in FA Cup victory over Brighton.

Carroll has certainly done his chances of a starting berth in the Carling Cup final no harm whatsoever with a powerful display.

Were it not for his £35million price tag, the former Newcastle star might be judged rather less severely by his critics.

However, Dalglish insists Britain's costliest player has nothing to prove on Merseyside.

"We have always been positive, and we always will be," said the Liverpool boss. "We will always be supportive of any player who comes to this football club.

"It doesn't matter what his name is. We will judge him and we will judge whether we are happy or unhappy."