Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers tight-lipped on Andy Carroll future

Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers remains tight-lipped on Andy Carroll's future at the Merseyside outfit

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

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Brendan Rodgers admits Andy Carroll has the potential to be a “top player” but the Liverpool manager refused to say whether the striker has a future at Anfield.

The 24-year-old has been limited to just 17 Premier League appearances for West Ham United this season after joining the east London side on a season-long loan from Liverpool in August.

Carroll, who completed a £35m move to the Reds from Newcastle United in January 2011, has scored just five goals this term, but Rodgers remained coy when quizzed over the England international’s future.

“It was very unfortunate for Andy when he joined this club because he had limited experience of the Premier League.

“Through no fault of his own he arrived on the back of an incredible price tag for someone so young and inexperienced, and the early stages were difficult for him.

“But there’s no doubt Andy has great qualities. Look at one of his two goals last week for West Ham from the corner [in the 3-1 win over Wigan].

“There are not too many better sights in football when you’ve the big guy going and heading the ball like that.”

He added: “As to his future, there are other things involved, it’s not as simple as him being here. There are other things we need to consider in it all.

“But do I think he can be a top player? Is he a top player? He certainly has that potential. If he gets that opportunity of playing in a team that suits his style, then there’s always a chance.”

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