Reds fans favour Suarez and Carroll
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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has already become a crowd favourite since his January arrival, but accepts he has a long way to go to cement his place in the club's long and decorated history. The Uruguay international has scored two goals in five Premier League matches and was instrumental in Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Manchester United at Anfield earlier this month.

"I've only been here just over a month and a half and it's good to see the fans are happy," Suarez told LFC Weekly. "I came here to work hard for the team and to do my absolute best.

"I think the fans at this club play a major role - bigger than at some other clubs. But there are a lot of games and there is a lot of time to go before I am a real hero. It's too early for that."

Suarez's fellow January arrival Andy Carroll has also been warmly received by fans who hope their partnership can propel them towards fifth place and European qualification this season. The club's £35 million record signing is still working his way back to full fitness after a two-month lay-off with a thigh problem.

I've only been here just over a month and a half and it's good to see the fans are happy.
Luis Suarez, Liverpool forward

He is set to earn only his second senior England cap in tonight's friendly against Ghana, but there has already been much debate about whether he should join Stuart Pearce's Under-21s for their European Championships appearance in Denmark this summer.

It is a prospect which Liverpool are not keen on and one which has been roundly criticised by former Reds striker John Aldridge. "The U-21s is there as a stepping stone to the senior squad and Carroll has already made that step up," said Aldridge.

"Carroll has had a bad injury this season which took a long time to heal after his move to Anfield from Newcastle in January. What he really needs is a decent rest this summer. If he gets that then both Liverpool and England will reap the benefits of that as he will be firing on all cylinders next season.

"It's vital Fabio Capello and the club managers work together," Aldridge added. "The England boss needs their support, but he isn't going to get that by placing unnecessary demands on their players."