Liverpool needed Andy Carroll for West Ham clash, says John Aldridge

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge reckons the Reds missed Andy Carroll after being held to a goalless draw by West Ham

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Andy Carroll has scored five goals in 17 appearances for West Ham Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

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John Aldridge believes Liverpool need to keep Andy Carroll after the Reds were held to a goalless draw by West Ham United at Anfield on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers’s men were unable to breakdown a resilient Hammers rearguard despite the best efforts of Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suárez.

Andy Carroll, who joined West Ham on a season-long loan from the Reds in August, was unavailable for selection against his parent club.

And Aldridge reckons the striker, who cost Liverpool £35m in January 2011, would have provided the home side with a more direct approach in the second half.

“It was the type of game where we needed a plan B. One of those games where Liverpool needed to ask one or two more questions of the opposition’s defence,” Aldridge wrote in his column in the Liverpool Echo.

“And a match that required the team to take a different approach.

“As obvious and easy as it is to say, the Reds could have really done with Andy Carroll in the last 10 or 15 minutes at Anfield on Sunday.

“When crosses were being put into the box, there were not enough bodies in there and West Ham were able to close out the game – sometimes playing an almost 6-3-1 formation at times.

“Of course, Carroll was ineligible to play at the weekend as part of the deal which meant he joined the London club on loan for the season and talking about him changing the game is purely hypothetical.”

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