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Anfield striker set for cut-price exit? England international unable to make an impact on Merseyside.
Andy Carroll is set to leave Liverpool this summer.
The £35million flop came on for the closing 25 minutes of Liverpool’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday.
Last Sunday, on his return to Newcastle, Carroll delivered a torrent of abuse as he stormed straight down the tunnel after being subbed.
Manager Kenny Dalglish has insisted that reaction has been dealt with.
But an Anfield insider revealed: “Kenny has gone out of his way to protect Carroll from criticism. He’s straight with his staff, but many people here are concerned that players like Andy have not adapted to the Liverpool way.”
Carroll has told friends he’d welcome a return to Tyneside but his current wages would break Newcastle’s pay scale and they would only be interested in a cut-price summer deal.
SOURCE: Sunday Mirror
Andy Carroll is of course unable to do anything about the amount of money Liverpool shelled out for his services but the simple fact is that even if the Anfield side had spent a third of the amount that they did, it would still be deemed an expensive mistake, such has been the lack of quality shown by the big striker.
The 23 year old has steadfastly failed to prove himself and has been given ample chance to do so and the fact that the England man has failed to form a partnership with Luis Suarez may well spell the end for Carroll at the Merseyside club.
A return to Newcastle United seems unlikely and not just because of the wages the forward would demand but also because Alan Pardew has two top class, in-form, striking options in Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, who’s combined cost comes in at just £10m.
Carroll has managed just 8 goals in 49 appearances, many of which came against lower league opposition, and the Gateshead born forward offers very little in the way of support play and come the summer he would’ve had 18 months to prove himself, and at what point does enough become enough?
Liverpool need goals and the fact that their back-up options, Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy, are in the latter stages of their careers doesn’t bode well.
Dalglish may be best off bringing in a couple of new strikers and offloading those he has, with the exception of Suarez, who has been a very effective presence up front.