Andy Carroll looking forward to facing Liverpool, says Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce says Andy Carroll is as valuable to West Ham as Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suárez are to Liverpool
Andy Carroll will be looking forward to facing former club Liverpool on Sunday, according to West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce.
The 25-year-old England international was named man-of-the-match on Monday night after scoring in a 2-1 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
It will be the first time he’s faced his former club and he will be looking forward to it
Carroll moved to West Ham in a £15m deal from Liverpool last summer after scoring seven goals in 24 Premier League appearances during his loan at Upton Park in the 2012/13 campaign.
And Allardyce reckons Liverpool’s club-record £35m signing will relish the chance to take on Brendan Rodgers’s men in east London on Sunday evening.
“As important as Sturridge and Suarez are for Liverpool, so is Andy Carroll to us. It will be the first time he’s faced his former club and he will be looking forward to it,” Allardyce said in his Evening Standard column.
“He may not be 100 per cent back to his best yet but he is getting better all the time and just think about where we would be if he had been fit all season.”
Allardyce feels Carroll could have fired the Hammers to the brink of the Europa League qualification had the England man been fully fit all season.
“My belief is that if Andy played a full season he would score 15 goals for us. He has the supply, the crosses going into the box and, remember, he’s not only lethal with his heading, he can score on the deck as well.
“Add to that his influence on others, such as Kevin Nolan – who would have scored more – and I believe we would have been close to a European qualifying spot by now.”