‘Liverpool made a mistake loaning Andy Carroll to West Ham’

Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith reckons the Reds made a mistake allowing Andy Carroll to move to West Ham on loan

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Andy Carroll has scored six goals in 18 appearances for West Ham Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

Brendan Rodgers made a mistake allowing Liverpool striker Andy Carroll to move on a season-long loan to West Ham United, according to Reds legend Tommy Smith.

The 24-year-old put in a man-of-the-match performance to help the Hammers secure a 2-2 draw with Premier League leaders Manchester United on Wednesday night.

Carroll has scored six goals in 19 appearances for the east London side this season, thriving in his target-man role in Sam Allardyce’s side in recent months.

With Rodgers’ men being held to back-to-back goalless stalemates in their last two league outings, former Liverpool captain Smith reckons the Reds would have benefited from having Carroll in their ranks.

“The past week has only strengthened my belief that letting Andy Carroll go to West Ham on loan this season was a mistake,” Smith wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.

“At Reading last Saturday Liverpool failed to score a goal against the worst team in the Premier League.

“Their keeper had a great game but our finishing wasn’t good enough. It was the kind of day when we needed Carroll, if only to bring him off the bench in order to try something different.”

“Then on Wednesday night Carroll was excellent against Manchester United at Upton Park.

“We saw the best of him – putting himself about and making life uncomfortable for their defenders.

“People say he doesn’t fit into Brendan Rodgers’ style but you need different types of players.

He added: “There are some physical teams in the Premier League and when you come up against them you need to be able to match them in that department.

“As well as being an attacking threat for West Ham, Carroll showed how important he is defensively with some vital clearing headers.”

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