Liverpool forward Andy Carroll has described scoring the winning goal during the FA Cup semi-final against Everton as "the best feeling ever".

The £35 million signing scored a dramatic late winner for his club as he rose above the Everton defence to head home a Craig Bellamy free-kick three minutes from time, sending the Reds to the final.

"It's the best feeling ever. We worked hard and getting a goal at the end was great," the Daily Mail quoted Carroll.

"I had a few chances and should have probably scored earlier. But I kept at it and it was a great ball in by Craig, and I just had to score with that one and I did. I've had some criticism but I've just kept on going. I get the winner here and it's a great feeling. I believe in myself every day," the striker added.

Captain Steven Gerrard also praised Carroll for scoring the winner and responding strongly to his critics.

"He doesn't hide and he takes criticism on the chin. That's what we bought him for, to score big goals, and he's delivered today," Gerrard said.

"We were superb in the second half. We showed superb character. Certain players have had criticism this week but they've stood up today. It's superb to be in the final. It's great to deliver and one more step and we're there," the captain added.

Liverpool's Jamie Carragher said it was a big relief for him to see Carroll score the winner as it was the defender's poor clearance that allowed Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic to score the opener for Everton.

"Liverpool losing to Everton in the semi-final - it would have been a nightmare. Just relief that the lads went up the other end and showed what Liverpool is all about," Carragher said.

"Everyone wanted Everton to win. (Everton manager) David Moyes said the whole country was with them. Well, we showed we're a special club, special fans. Not many teams can come back. We've done it again. We've got that ability to come back," he added.

Liverpool now have an opportunity to win another trophy this season after winning the Carling Cup in late February by beating Championship side Cardiff City. The Reds will face the winner of Sunday's match between Tottenham and Chelsea in next month's final.

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