‘Liverpool should give Andy Carroll another chance to impress’
Former Norwich City defender Iwan Roberts says Liverpool should give Andy Carroll another chance to impress at Anfield
Liverpool should give Andy Carroll another chance to impress at Anfield, according to former Norwich City defender Iwan Roberts.
The 24-year-old proved a handful for Manchester United duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at Upton Park on Wednesday night, teeing up Ricardo Vaz Te for West Ham’s opener in a 2-2 draw.
Carroll, who joined the Hammers on a season-long loan from the Reds in August, has scored six goals in 18 appearances for the east London side, with Sam Allardyce weighing up a permanent deal for the forward.
Roberts rates Carroll as one of the most difficult strikers to play against in the Premier League and reckons Brendan Rodgers should make space for the former Newcastle star in his Reds squad.
“I don’t agree he is just a big target man. There is more to his game than that. He can hold the ball up, he’s got a terrific strike with his left foot, he’s got a good touch, he brings people into the game,” the lifelong Liverpool supporter told talkSPORT.
“I can’t help but think that he can fit into that Liverpool side, with [Luis] Suárez on one side and [Daniel] Sturridge on the other.
“I think whoever gets him will be getting a tremendous player. He is a proper handful. If you ask any centre-half in the Premier League to pick five centre-forwards that they would hate facing, he would be in the five.”
Carroll has scored 11 goals in 58 appearances for Liverpool after completing a £35m move to the Reds from Newcastle United in January 2011.