I had mentioned yesterday that the words Alan Pardew used about Andy Carroll in yesterday’s news conference, should make Carroll feel good.
Andy Carroll – been a bust so far on Merseyside
This is what Pardew said yesterday about the two former Newcastle players, who will be in Liverpool red tomorrow art St. James’ Park for our very important Premier League game:
“Andy is an outstanding footballer who is having a difficult first full season at a new club, nothing more than that,” “A lot of other players have had that situation with high price tags.”
“But he is a young man still, has a great career in front of him and I for one hope he has another chance at England duty one day.” “Andy was magnificent here and you cannot deny that.”
“You don’t get a price tag of £35M unless you have done very, very well, which he had.” “And down in the changing room and in the tunnel we are looking forward to seeing Andy and Jose.”
“They are good friends of ours and we will welcome them back with open arms.” “We are looking forward to seeing them, but we don’t want to see them win.”
“We want to make sure we win, and that will be our focus.”
Carroll has scored eight goals in 42 appearances for Liverpool since joining them form Newcastle 15 months ago, and some of those goals have been against lower league teams like Brighton, Oldham Athletic and Exeter City.
At Newcastle last season Andy scored 11 goals in his 20 appearances but he’s been a shadow of his former self at Liverpool, whop don’t particularly play to his strengths, to be fair to Andy.
Jose Enrique has looked as good as he was on Tyneside, and seems to have made the transition very quickly and could be the best signing under Kenny Dalglish.
It will be a tough game tomorrow with both sides looking to win – for Newcastle it will be trying to get three wins on the trot, after the bitter disappointment at the Emirates.
And for Liverpool, it ill be to get their league season back on track, after losing to two of the relegation sides in their last couple of games, and picking up just 8 points out of their last 11 games since beating Newcastle 3-1 in the last game of last year.
A Newcastle win would be fantastic – in fact better than fantastic.