Given some of his performances this season Andy Carroll is probably often found shaking in a darkened room after a match day, and if in that room he was to dreamily reminisce of halcyon days spent on Tyne side few could blame him.
Despite seemingly scoring enough goals at St James’ Park to make him worth £35 million, the former Newcastle favourite is certain to receive something of a frosty reception from the Geordies he left behind last season when he returns this Sunday.
In a bid to ease the pressure on his blundering striker Kenny Dalglish told journalists at his pre-game press conference that Newcastle fans should think twice before booing their former idol because of how he preformed during his stay at St James’ ;
“I don’t think he ever did anything other than give his best for Newcastle, and then they got £35m into the bargain as well. That’s not bad, is it? (Source: The Sun)
The typically blunt interview technique adopted by Dalglish ever since his return to football management has not suggested that he is a man with a strong sense of humour, but surely even he must realise the comedy of this answer.
One man who certainly will be laughing all the way to the bank, when Carroll inevitably misses more chances on Sunday will be Newcastle owner Mike Ashley. He’s likely to be laughing so loudly that even Liverpool’s American owner John Henry, who parted with £35 million for the mis-firing Geordie, will be able to hear him at home.
Staying in Anfield Luis Suarez has admitted some responsibility for the Mersey side club’s horrific league form. The Uruguayan Striker, speaking to The Sun, conceded
“My job is to score goals and I admit I have not always fulfilled it this season.”
All season long Liverpool have struggled to convert chances and recent defeats to QPR and Wigan saw anger reach such a level at Anfield last weekend that King Kenny’s men endured the shame of being booed off by supposedly the Country’s loyalest fans.
While Suarez may have managed only 7 goals this season he has been one of his sides better players, the poor form of virtually all of Dalglish’s other signings is surely the reason for Liverpool’s toils of late. However the Liverpool fans jamming the airwaves of radio talk shows everywhere with their criticism of Liverpool Legend Dalglish should consider the influence of Damien Comolli and whether Kenny is actually responsible for the club’s recruitment.
One player it seems the Merseysiders were right to show the exit door is Fernando Torres. The Mail are now reporting that super-rich Russian club Anzhi are ready to tempt Chelsea to off load the mis-firing front man with a bid of up to £35 million. Although it would be strange for Chelsea to sell the Spaniard for such a substantial loss just at a time when he is threatening to return to form.
If Chelsea did decide to cash in on Torres the money could be earmarked for the signing of Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria. The Mail are also reporting that the blues are ready to renew their interest in £35 million rated Di Maria as his contract talks with the Spanish Giants are believed to be stalling. Di Maria’s style of play would be in keeping with Chelsea’s transformation of late through the signings of flair players such as Juan Mata and David Luiz.
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