Liverpool ‘didn’t do their homework over Andy Carroll transfer’

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes Liverpool rushed into a move for striker Andy Carroll too soon

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Andy Carroll moved to West Ham on a season-long loan Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

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Sir Alex Ferguson has questioned Liverpool’s decision to sign Andy Carroll from Newcastle United, claiming the Reds should have done “more homework” before swooping for the England striker.

Carroll failed to make a significant impact at Anfield after being signed for £35m by former Reds boss Kenny Dalglish in January 2011 and was loaned out to West Ham United by new manager Brendan Rodgers this summer.

Manchester United boss Ferguson believes the Reds rushed into the transfer, with Carroll struggling to adapt to the “big jump” of playing for Liverpool after quitting St James’ Park.

“I think it’s up to the boy to improve himself. He had only played something like a dozen games for Newcastle and had to deal with a ­£35m transfer to a club like Liverpool. I think that was quite a big jump for him.

“I would certainly not be signing a player for that kind of money. We have gambled with young players in the past. Maybe a couple of million.

“But when you get to that level of £35m, you really need to do more homework and see how he is in the second season for the club he is playing for.”

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