Rumours are beginning to circulate more and more that Andy Carroll will leave Liverpool this summer either on loan or on a permanent deal. The former Newcastle man has been something of a flop for Liverpool since his big money move over a year ago, and though his form did begin to pick up towards the end of the Season and into the European Championship with England, new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is said to want him out of the squad.
If you believe the rumours, Carroll will head to AC Milan in the coming weeks on a year long loan deal and make way for Brendan Rodgers to impose his own playing style on the Reds. Whether he is in the long term plan on merseyside remains to be seen.
“It’s something I would have to look at, I have to be honest,” Rodgers said in a press conference, ”Andy’s always going to be linked with clubs, whether he was here or not. He knows exactly where he stands, but I have had no inquiries about him.”
“There are many things to going on loan. Is it going to be beneficial for the club, that’s the most important thing? Sometimes a player going out on loan – in general, not just Andy – can benefit the club in the long term. It gets them game experience and they come back a better player, a more confident one. Certainly more so than if they’ve been sitting on the bench for the majority of the season.”
Brendan Rodgers is certainly making his mark on the club and with his recent interviews has definitely opened the door for a Carroll move, which will undoubtedly bring the fee paid for the Geordie into the spotlight once again. Andy has played 56 games for Liverpool now and scored 11 goals, a ratio which pales into insignificance when you consider he averaged more than a goal every three games in his career at St. James’ Park.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Fabio Borini looks set to join the club from Roma. Borini and Rodgers have worked together twice in their careers at Chelsea and Swansea and will look to link up to good effect once more next season. Brendan has his work cut out at Liverpool this season, a club who always have high expectations and will be desperate to return to the pinnacle of English and European football at a time when it is more difficult and expensive than ever.