Though the striker was born and bred in the north-east, Carroll admits that when he played football with his mates he was inspired by Steven Gerrard – and the Reds skipper is still inspiring him now.
“You see Stevie playing the way he did against Everton, scoring three and driving the team on. It was really inspiring,” said Carroll in an exclusive interview in this week’s LFC magazine.
“He’s had an amazing career but you still know he’s desperate to achieve more. It’s the hunger you see every day, the determination to win more games, win medals and trophies.
“I used to watch him when I was younger and pretend to be him on the field with my mates. I’m very lucky to be able to share a dressing room with him now. It’s unbelievable