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Can pass and move be the Andy Carroll groove? Andy must come down to earth.

Byline: DAVID PRENTICE

BY popular concensus, the football Liverpool have produced in the past fortnight has been the most thrilling since Roy Evans' title pretenders specialised in seven goal set-to's.

And it has been achieved in the grand Liverpool way.

Passing and movement; Mobile forwards with a fluidity of movement making them impossible to mark, and creating space for front-running midfielders like Maxi Rodriguez to exploit.

It's stylish, penetrating, easy on the eye - and has yielded a goal difference of 13-2 in just three matches. And none have been headers.

Which begs the question, where does a six feet three inch centre-forward fit in? That's not to say Andy Carroll is a footballing Frankenstein.

He's an athlete who can run, move, pass and shoot.

But he's also a towering presence, better in the air than the Bloody Red Baron and a man it's difficult to ignore.

Can Liverpool still shuttle the ball about in precise, intricate, devastating patterns with a Tyneside totem up front? Carroll's two word answer to any suggestion that they can't would be 'Manchester City.' It was only weeks ago that Liverpool combined passing, movement and devastating delivery from the flanks to take optimum advantage of Carroll's aerial abilities - and demolish the latest Champions League wannabes.

But since then Liverpool have been even more impressive - with. Carroll featuring for only 20 minutes in a match long since won.

How best to utilise an aerially outstanding centre-forward was a problem encountered, and never fully solved, across the park - with a man who resembles Andy Carroll in so many ways.

Duncan Ferguson was quick, nimble and boasted a sureness of touch unusual for such a towering presence. But such was his aerial prowess that too often his team-mates opted for the route one ball.

With Ferguson unavailable, Everton won the FA Cup and Charity Shield.

Forced to abandon the RAF approach - Rideout and Ferguson - for much of the following season, too, they finished sixth.

Graham Stuart and Rideout were the flexible front two, with Andrei Kanchelskis taking full advantage of their mobility.

The potential at Anfield is even greater.

I was a huge fan of the unsung talents of Stuart and Rideout, but there's absolutely no argument that Luis Suarez and Dirk Kuyt are more accomplished, more exciting and offer infinitely more potential.

Whether they can continue to do that with Andy Carroll in tandem is a juggling act for Kenny Dalglish to pull off - and he's a safe pair of hands.

Of course, it can be done.

Witness one of the greatest club sides of the modern era, Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan who had the peerless - and the six feet two inch - Marco Van Basten spearheading their attacking efforts, but still played football from the gods.

It promises to be a very interesting summer.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 13, 2011
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