Former Newcastle United man must change if he is to resurrect Anfield career.
LIVERPOOL will put Kop-flop striker Andy Carroll in a 12-month boot camp in a bid to salvage his Anfield career.
The £35million star’s diet and drinking will be closely monitored – and he is even prepared to ditch his trademark ponytail as worried Kop chiefs plan a new clean-cut image for him.
Carroll, 22, has scored just four goals in 16 Premier League games since his move from Newcastle in January – a slump that that has seen him drop out of the England reckoning.
Three Lions boss Fabio Capello left him out of the squad for the games against Spain and Sweden and he hasn’t been guaranteed a Liverpool starting place this season.
The new year-long health kick imposed by Anfield chiefs is a clear sign they are disturbed by his conditioning, even though they have repeatedly denied it.
A source said: “Andy is happy to go along with this long training schedule Liverpool have devised for him. It’s a conditioning programme which will look at his whole lifestyle. While Carroll is obviously a big lad he is not particularly muscular and they are wanting to put this right. They are not looking to give him more bulk, but more strength.
“He knows that as a £35m signing he should be the first name on the Liverpool team-sheet for the game at Chelsea but he also knows this won’t be the case.”
SOURCE: The People
Liverpool are gradually developing a style of play based on quick passing and movement, and intense pressing without the ball.
Andy Carroll possesses certain strength – such as his aerial ability and, er, strength – but it is unrealistic to expect him to be as mobile or as dogged a runner as someone like Dirk Kuyt or Luis Suarez.
He has also hit the woodwork a few times already this Premier League season, and had those shots gone in, perhaps people would not be quite so critical.
However, it is still fair to expect that Carroll performs all of his duties to the maximum of his ability – and if there are question marks over his professionalism, perhaps this new regime will be what kick starts his Liverpool and England career.