Carroll up for grabs

Liverpool’s £35 million signing from Newcastle, Andy Carroll, looks like becoming a very expensive white elephant. That’s not a derogatory reference to the giant centre forward’s rather cumbersome style of play, but rather a reflection of the difficulty Liverpool are experiencing trying to decide what to do with him.

New manager Brendan Rodgers prefers an intricate passing game, and Carroll would be a difficult piece to fit into that particular jigsaw. His former club, Newcastle United, are keen to see Carroll back in a black and white striped shirt.

Liverpool have rejected a season long loan with an option to buy proposal from Newcastle. It’s apparent that they would prefer to recoup some of the transfer fee in order to invest the funs elsewhere. That will disappoint West Ham who were also interested in a possible loan deal. Milan and Fulham are also reported to be interested, but both would prefer loan deals.

Carroll had a disappointing season at Liverpool, although he found touches of his best form in May, and played well for England against Sweden at Euro 2012. His record at the club is poor overall, with just 11 goals from 56 appearances. Liverpool may be keen to sell while his value is still relatively high.

Liverpool have already signed 21-year-old Italian striker Fabio Borini from Roma. With Luis Suarez the first-choice frontman for Liverpool, Carroll’s opportunities may be limited if he stays at the club, although he is entitled to feel that Liverpool have never given him an extended opportunity to establish himself in the first team.

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