Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers to have final say on Andy Carroll’s future
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner says Brendan Rodgers will make the final decision on the future of Andy Carroll at Anfield
Andy Carroll’s future will be decided by Liverpool’s new manager Brendan Rodgers, according to the club’s chairman Tom Werner.
Carroll was signed by Kenny Dalglish for a British record £35m in January 2011 but he 23-year-old has struggled to make an impact at Anfield, scoring just 11 goals since his move from St James’ Park.
Dalglish was sacked by Liverpool’s owners in May, with Rodgers filling the vacant managerial role, and the Northern Irishman’s appointment has led to speculation suggesting the former Swansea City boss does not see Carroll as part of his plans moving forward.
“The only thing I can say is we will do what’s best for the club,” Werner told Sky Sports.
“At the moment, Andy is on the squad. He was an important member of the English team, he has got a lot of talent and we will see what happens there. ”
“Brendan is clearly the leader here, and hopefully the question will be answered shortly.
“But at the moment, Andy is on the team and we are looking forward to his contributions.”
Rodgers revealed on Friday that he has no intention of sending Carroll on loan this season, with Newcastle United reportedly keen to take their former striker back temporarily, with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the season.
“There has been a lot of unfair criticism of Andy and a lot of speculation in the Press in terms of not being able to fit into my style of play. I think that’s unfair,” Rodgers told the Sun.
“If a club spends £35m on a player, you would expect that player to be able to fit into whatever style a manager will bring in.
“I’ve spoken openly and honestly with Andy in terms of where he is at, but I have done the same with all of the players. I have spoken to all of them, I have had communication with all of the group.
“It gets highlighted more with Andy because he is a young player. Maybe others may not see him fitting in with me, but for me he is an important part of the group.
“There is talk of him going on loan, but there is absolutely no way I would be looking to loan a player like that, especially after the investment the club have paid.
“But his condition will be the same as every player. If an offer comes in for any player at the club we would either look at it, or dismiss it, and Andy’s no different to that.”