News in the Daily Mirror today that Liverpool, who looked hopeless at West Brom on Saturday and were soundly beaten 3-0, are giving former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll an ultimatum, and telling him that he needs to move on, or risk being on the bench this season.
Andy Carroll – will only leave Liverpool for Newcastle
For all the talk of new manager Brendan Rodgers about Andy being a good player and a good professional, that fooled absolutely nobody, and it’s obvious that Andy just doesn’t fit into the way the new Liverpool boss will have Liverpool playing football this season - with the ball on the ground.
Brendan will not play to Andy’s strengths, and at least this is now coming to the fore, since Liverpool’s former manager Kenny Dalglish, after paying Newcastle £35M for the Geordie striker, never played to Andy’s strengths either.
Kenny paid for that with his job, shortly after last season ended, and Liverpool were in 8th place in the Premier League and behind rivals Everton in the table – simply not good enough for a great club like Liverpool, who have been European Champions five times.
Liverpool do not want to be put into a corner on the last day of the transfer market – by some club – for example by Newcastle United (just a wild guess) – and will tell Carroll that he has to decide his future this week.
Some news we have received from two independent and reliable sources over the weekend, say that Andy is now desperate to come back to Newcastle, and will continue to refuse to join any other club.
That will hardly help Liverpool in their efforts to get around £19M for a season long loan deal, plus the option of a permanent transfer next summer.
Sources at Anfield have told the Daily Mirror the following:
“We will only do what is best for Liverpool Football Club, and that means we need time to find replacements if any players go.”
But Liverpool have already brought in another striker in Italian Fabio Borini, who started alongside Louis Suarez on Saturday at the Hawthorns, and Andy was on the bench, until he was brought on with 12 minutes to go, but Liverpool were already 3-0 down.
It seems that Liverpool would rather keep Andy as a back-up striker than lose him for less than £19M – and especially if the other club is Newcastle, since we got £35M for Andy only a short 18 months ago.
Andy Carroll has already turned down West Ham, and according to the Mirror - Aston Villa and Fulham too – but Newcastle are not going to pay out £19M for the striker, and they have offered to pay £13M, and are unlikely to move too much on that figure – maybe increase it by £1M on the last day of the transfer window – maybe.
Tottenham may become interested in the player, after they sell Luka Modric to Real Madrid, but we don’t think Andy would be too interested in moving to White Hart Lane, so this sets up an intriguing last 10 days of the transfer window.
And it could be that Andy refuses to move to any other club than Newcastle, and the Magpies refuse to meet Liverpool’s valuation – and Andy is stuck at Liverpool – and the Reds have a £35M current England International sitting on the bench.
But that’s Liverpool’s problem, certainly not Newcastle’s, and it’s not Andy’s problem either, as the Geordie striker by all accounts has acted extremely professionally this season under the new Liverpool manager.
It’s Liverpool’s problem and Mike Ashley is well aware of that – and that’s what worries Liverpool the most.
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