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Barton expects ex-Newcastle pal Carroll to do everything to be Liverpool success

Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton expects Andy Carroll to make a big impact at Liverpool.

Barton reckons former Newcastle teammate Carroll will be desperate to make an impact when the new season begins in August after injuries stalled his Liverpool career following a January move from St James' Park.

"It's always difficult when you go to a new football club and you're not fully fit," Barton told liverpoolfc.tv. "He had a niggling injury when they signed him. He'll be looking to get pre-season under his belt and look to kick on and show Liverpool what an asset they've acquired.

"He's a great lad and we were all gutted to see him leave Newcastle but it was a no-brainer, really. He had to go and test himself at a fantastic football club with great tradition. I stay in touch and we're all wishing him well but not when he plays against us.

"I haven't been watching Liverpool with a lot of interest but they had a great run towards the end of the season. We played them at Anfield and they were magnificent on that day.

"We thought we'd have a chance looking at side they had and the individuals but it was a great team performance - certainly a better team performance than we saw in December at St James' Park."

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