Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that Andy Carroll is happy to stay at Anfield, and we’re sure that’s true, but only if Andy will get sufficient playing time at Liverpool, and the Geordie lad has always said he would prefer to remain at Liverpool and fight for his place there.
Brendan Rodgers – Carroll’s in my plans – homnest!
But that’s not the question – the real question is how much playing time will he get next season, with Rodgers playing a Barcelona style of football, where the Spanish powerhouse have 5’7″ Messi as their center forward, and hardly ever cross the ball high into the box, which is how Brendan’s former club Swansea also played. Yes we know Lionel is the best player in the world.
It seems that Rodgers is happy enough with the way Andy has trained and played over the last week in America, since he joined up with the squad in Boston last Monday, and of course Andy has always been a popular player in the dressing room, and he is that at Liverpool.
Andy did get some playing time today, as he came off the bench in Liverpool’s pre-season 0-0 draw with Tottenham in Baltimore today, with the temperature at 96°F, and Rodgers says Andy is in his plans for next season.
The new Liverpool manager was asked if Liverpool had received any offers for Carroll, and this is what he said:
“Not that I am aware of. Obviously I’ll know more when we get back.” “There has been a lot written about Andy, but you saw today he’s happy to be here and he’s worked very well since he’s been here.”
“The reality is he’s still a Liverpool player, he can fit into how I want to play, and he’s happy here.” “I’m certainly not wishing to push him out of the door.”
Brendan is doing the PR bit, and he’s hardly going to say at a news conference that’s news around the world, that a player who cost Liverpool £35M doesn’t fit in with his plans is he?
He’s not that foolish – and Andy’s transfer fee has already caused enough embarrassment for the famous Merseyside club.
But what Brendan really thinks we’ll have to wait to find out, but Carroll’s advisers have said they have been told Carroll is not in Liverpool’s future plans under Rodgers.
And managers these days don’t get involved much with the transfers, and they are usually handled by the Chairman and the Boards, because they are all about the financials – the transfer fee and how it will be paid, and the compensation to be paid to the player over the length of the contract.
So Brendan wouldn’t know if offers have been received for Andy or not.
There have been reports that both Newcastle and West Ham United have put in offers for a loan deal, which includes a permanent transfer next May, with Newcastle bidding £13M for him and West Ham presumably bidding £17M.
But if the news is to be believed, Andy has said that if he does go out on loan he wants it to be to an English club who have qualified for European competition, and Newcastle meet those requirements – West Ham do not.