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Andy Carroll wins the race

TAGs: Andy Carroll, liverpool, Man City, Premier League, Soccer

Andy Carroll celebrates goalIf you were wondering who won the race between January’s costliest players to score a goal you just needed to be out in the bars and clubs of Liverpool last night.

With one swing of his left boot Andy Carroll became the new hero at Anfield and quite possibly celebrated by going to town on the city’s pubs and clubs. He wasn’t even content with just the one goal either.

Two goals for the big target-man mean that a hearty bout of drinkin’ is definitely in order. With England boss Fabio Capello also watching it was quite the night for the controversial 22-year-old to net his first two goals for the Merseyside club.

William Hill posted odds of 4/9 for the burly northerner to start against Switzerland, spokesperson Graham Sharpe commenting, “If he carries on playing like that Carroll will be guaranteed a regular starting place for England.”

As good as Liverpool were, opponents Manchester City was just as bad the other way. When Carlos Tevez limped off after Carroll had opened the scoring you finally realized how they’re much of a muchness without the doglike Argentinean.

Mario Balotelli again moved those watching to wonder whether he has a body double for away matches and Joloen Lescott’s passing impression of Bambi was on show for all to see.

Hills spokesperson, Sharpe, can’t see Mancini lasting a lot longer in the job, and said, “That was a terrible performance and defeat in the FA Cup to United could seal Mancini’s fate.”

At 9/4 to make the top four ahead of City, Tottenham are an attractive bet and will finally be able to focus on league matters when the Champions League tie with Real Madrid concludes.

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