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Are We About To Witness Mike Ashley’s Greatest Gaffe Yet?

Having cemented his place as one of the most expensive flops in Premier League history, Andy Carroll could be set to leave Liverpool – for a return to Newcastle.

Carroll’s £35m move to Anfield in January 2011 was supposed to signal the start of a fresh, new era under Kenny Dalglish and teaming up with Luis Suarez would make them one of the most feared strikeforces in the Premier League. With 2 goals in his first 7 games for the club, it seemed quite promising and much was expected of him in the 2011/12 season.

But Carroll struggled for large parts of the season, scoring just 9 goals in the whole season, though his form did pick up at the end of the season and it resulted in a call-up to the England squad for Euro 2012. Carroll made a positive impact in Poland and Ukraine, scoring opener in England’s 3-2 win over Sweden with a superb header.

But new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers seems to be taking the team in a different direction and Carroll could find himself surplus to requirements, especially after the signing of Italian striker Fabio Borini from Roma. Carroll is a strong, aerial presence and Rodgers’ teams are built on passing football, so you can see why Carroll doesn’t really fit.

Enter Newcastle. Alan Pardew’s side were fantastic last year and bagged a place in this year’s Europa League, but with Demba Ba attracting interest with a £7m release clause, Pardew has been looking at strikers such as Luuk de Jong and has already seen a loan bid for Carroll turned down.

However, Newcastle could be returning with another bid for Carroll in an attempt to bring him back home. Given that he doesn’t really fit with the style of football being brought in at Anfield, Carroll could really flourish if he returns to Newcastle, where he scored 11 goals in just 19 Premier League games.

Carroll’s time on Merseyside has been an unhappy one, but moving to his former club could be the best move for his career and take some of the pressure off him, allowing him to get back to his old goalscoring ways whilst Liverpool can move on with Rodgers and wash their hands of this terrible situation.

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