During the transfer windows especially, the news is going to be reported out of context, and there will be emphasis on some comments that are simply blown out of proportion, so those initial Brendan Rodgers comments that suggested Andy Carroll would not fit into the new Liverpool style of playing – maybe we should take them with a pinch of salt.
A stern looking Brendan Rodgers earlier this week
The new Liverpool manager yesterday praised Andy, but it’s also the first time that Rodgers will have met big Andy face to face, and of course Andy is very popular player in the Liverpool dressing room, and also among the Merseyside fans, just as he was when he was at Newcastle.
This is what Rogers said before the Liverpool game against Roma:
“To consider a loan for someone the club spent £35M on isn’t something we’re looking to do at this moment in time.” “Andy is a terrific young player.” “I had a brief chat with all the lads and over the next couple of weeks I’ll be able to speak to them with more confidence and on a one-to-one basis.”
“There is no doubt Andy is a terrific talent.” “There has been a lot of unfair criticism aimed towards Andy.” “He is a player who can play in a number of styles and it was a wee bit unfair on him for people to say he couldn’t fit into the way I would want to play.”
“For me, your game is based on your players, the players you have. I am here to win games.” “We’ve got a number of very, very talented players in the group, of which Andy is one.”
Carroll trained with Liverpool in Boston yesterday, and those are good words from Rodgers from a Liverpool perspective, because even if you are ready to sell a player, it’s not good to say he will not fit in, and it’s much better to praise him, and say what a great player he is.
Translation – get that transfer fee up there – so just as we should have taken Brendan’s former comments about Andy with a pinch of salt, we should do the same thing with his latest comments.
And we certainly shouldn’t quickly assume there’s no chance now of Andy returning home – as some reports would have you believe today.
And Brendan is looking to be a charismatic and popular manager at Liverpool, with both the players and the American owners praising him, for how well he seems to have fitted in at Liverpool and got the players behind him.
Andy Carroll to Newcastle is still a possibility, but not if the Magpies pull off a coup – and sign top Marseilles striker Loic Remy.