If it is really true then I am shocked. According to The Sun, Andy Carroll’s position was comprised because Brendan Rodgers could not guarantee the former Newcastle striker a place in the squad, never mind the first team.
The report continues to state that it was Carroll who insisted on a recall clause in his loan deal to West Ham, as the number 9 is hell-bent on proving to Rodgers he has what it takes to fit into the ‘tiki taka’ system.
The report continues to illustrate the extent to which Carroll was alienated from this Liverpool side. The £35 million man was aware that he might not fit instantly into Brendan Rodgers plans when the Northern Irishman arrived, yet his response was to show him that he could adapt. Yet it was Rodgers who was simply never willing to give Carroll a chance, telling the player that others would arrive and be placed ahead of him whilst searching for a buyer for the 23 year old.
If this report is true, which it appears to be, then Rodgers’ actions here are truly despicable. Whether it is because he has a complex simply because Carroll was not his purchase and gets in the way as he tries to stamp his own image on the club I don’t know. However, I can say that this is the complete wrong way to go about dealing with the situation and if I were the owner at Fenway Sports Group I would be having harsh words with my manager.
Firstly, Carroll cost the club and owners £35 million. I know everybody has their questions about such a pricetag (myself included) but the fact is it has already been paid. Liverpool will have little chance of selling Carroll for anywhere near that amount – his inflated cost was simply a result of the Fernando Torres transfer almost two years ago. The fact is, for that amount of money to be spent on a player then Brendan Rodgers should at least give the lad a chance even if he doesn’t think it’ll work out. Simply casting him astray from the outset is the not the correct thing to do.
Secondly, he is still young. At 23 years old, Carroll may not yet realistically command the £35 million price tag he has if time was turned yet he certainly has the potential to do so. Brendan Rodgers believes that his number doesn’t have the ability to play his tiki taka style. Yet we have seen flashes of brilliance when the ball has been at Carroll’s feet in the past, not to mention his aerial threat and ability to hold the ball and bring others into the game. The only thing that Carroll has lacked since Brendan Rodgers arrived on Merseyside is an opportunity.
I’m not saying that Carroll is certainly a £35 million player, nor am I saying that he would solve Liverpool’s entire goal scoring issue had he remained a Red. All I’m saying is that the boy deserved a chance, something that Liverpool should really have afforded him. Andy Carroll isn’t the only forward that eats into Liverpool’s wage bill – Joe Cole doesn’t appear to have a place in Brendan Rodgers’ plans yet still picks up £90,000 a week.
Despite their current turmoil I will of course support Liverpool to the hilt this season. Yet a part of me wouldn’t mind seeing West Ham’s new number 9 have a good start to the campaign either.