Liverpool today completed the signing of striker Andy Carroll from Newcastle and we have compiled 10 facts about the 22-year-old...
Andrew Thomas Carroll was born in Gateshead on January 6, 1989.
He completed a remarkable journey from St James' Park ball boy to Toon star when he made his debut against Palermo in a 1-0 UEFA Cup win in 2006, becoming the club's youngest ever European debutant in the process.
He was on the losing side for Newcastle United against Liverpool in the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup in March 2007.
In 2007, he received the prestigious 'Wor Jackie Milburn Trophy', given each year to the rising star of North-East football.
The striker scored his first senior goal for Newcastle United against Juventus in a friendly on July 29, 2007. After the game the Juventus 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon tipped Carroll to have a big future.
He scored his first league goal for Newcastle on his full home debut against West Ham on January 10, 2009.
He played a major part in helping Newcastle clinch promotion straight back to the Barclays Premier League when he hit 19 Championship goals in 2009-10 and was also included in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.
He was given Alan Shearer's famous No.9 shirt at St James' Park ahead of the 2010-11 season.
Carroll scored his first senior hat-trick for Newcastle in their 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa on August 22, 2010.
He made his England debut wearing the No.9 shirt v France on November 17, 2010.