It has taken a very long time, but on Saturday Andy Carroll might just have won over the Anfield faithful.
The heavy price tag that has weighed the big man down seems to be easing at last.
Carroll’s every move has been scrutinised since his arrival last January.
Even the former England manager Fabio Capello criticised his lifestyle.
But through all the mud thrown at Carroll, Kenny Dalglish has defended his striker resolutely.
Even many of the Liverpool supporters have questioned Carroll’s credentials as the goals have been hard to come by.
But Dalglish has shown great faith that Carroll would come good.
Saturday’s winning goal against Everton sending Liverpool to a third visit to Wembley this season has just repaid the faith Dalglish has shown.
It was a difficult start to life at Anfield for Carroll as he was injured when he arrived to the club and it took him a long time to regain his fitness.
The impact Suarez has had has maybe heaped extra pressure on Carroll to produce too.
Carroll can’t be criticised for his work rate, he has kept going and never hid.
There is no hiding the fact that Carroll has not scored enough goals for a striker.
But he works for the team, he wins a lot of headers and holds the ball up well to bring others into the game, he also helps out defensively for the team.
In most games Carroll has played in, the service from wide areas has been very poor and chances for him to score have been few.
Carroll has also been deployed as lone striker in many games which I don’t think suits him.
He looks a far better player with a strike partner to compliment his game.
I feel Dalglish has tried to protect him too much at times by not giving him a run of games or by substituting him.
It looked at times this season that Carroll was finding his form, but then he would be dropped.
But maybe now Dalglish realises that Carroll needs games as he is player that needs to keep his match sharpness.
The great thing about Carroll is he is a confident lad and never hides if things are not going for him.
Even on Saturday Carroll missed a couple of great chances but he kept going and got his reward with the winner.
What a difference a week makes with Carroll grabbing a late winner at Blackburn and then scoring an even more important winner on Saturday.
Another important thing was the fact that Carroll played the full match because in many of his appearances he has been substituted.
Carroll and Suarez have showed signs of a good partnership forming in recent games too which is encouraging for Dalglish.
Andy Carroll is also a very important player for Liverpool defending set-pieces, as he has made numerous important defensive clearances.
But with this goal on Saturday I just hope everyone gives Carroll a bit of a break.
With Carroll now starting to look like a Liverpool player, maybe now everyone should give the other new signings a bit more time to fit in to this Liverpool team.