Carroll appeared to be enduring a personal nightmare at Wembley as he missed an absolute sitter - but manager Kenny Dalglish was rewarded for sticking with the £35million striker for the second game in succession as he nodded home an 87th-minute winner.
He told ESPN: "It's the best feeling ever. We worked hard and getting the goal right there at the end was great.
"I had a few chances and should have probably scored earlier.
"But I kept at it and it was a great ball in by Craig, and I just had to score with that one and I did.
"It's a great feeling. I've had some criticism but I've just kept on going. I get the winner here and it's a great feeling. I believe in myself every day."