Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has refused to deny the possibility that £35million striker Andy Carroll could leave the club on-loan this summer.
The giant Geordie has been linked with a move to Serie A giants AC Milan, but only on a temporarily basis.
AC Milan representatives that attended Euro 2012 are said to have been impressed by Carroll at the tournament and are believed to have put him at the top of their summer transfer wish list. Rodgers has moved to state that he wouldn’t be opposed to the deal if it benefited the club.
The Liverpool boss told the Daily Telegraph: “It’s something I would have to look at, I have to be honest.
“I’m not going to sit here and say I will never let anyone go on loan, then come in here in two weeks and a player’s gone, and you’re saying ‘you said you wouldn’t let them go’.
“There are many things to going on loan. Is it going to be beneficial for the club, that’s the most important thing? Sometimes a player going out on loan – in general, not just Andy – can benefit the club in the long term.
“It gets them game experience, and they come back a better player, a more confident one. Certainly more so than if they’ve been sitting on the bench for the majority of the season.
“Andy’s always going to be linked with clubs, whether he was here or not. I have spoken to him on his holidays, he knows exactly where he stands, but I have had no inquiries about him.”
I think Liverpool would be making a big mistake if they let Andy Carroll go out on-loan this summer. The 23 year-old has taken a long-time to settle at Liverpool since his big money arrival from Newcastle in January 2011.
However, towards the end of last season he started to look like a real threat to opposition defences. He looked like the player that everybody on the red half of Merseyside would hoped he‘d be. Carroll looked to be finally be finding his feet at Anfield.
Next season could be the one where he starts fulfilling his potential and start paying back some of his massive fee. If Carroll moves on though maybe another club could benefit from him finding his form.
Liverpool’s management in recent years have been very poor when it comes to signing players and getting value for money. The likes of Kenny Dalglish, and Rafa Benitez spent vast fortunes of the clubs money on players that weren’t fit to wear the Liverpool shirt.
Even as a supporter of the team on the other side of the Stanley Park I hope that Brendan Rodgers fares better. I have admired Rodgers work for along time now and believe him to be a shrewd operator. I don’t think the former-Swansea boss will throw money away like his predecessors.
Andy Carroll arrived at Liverpool with a massive price tag for such a young lad. Everybody expected instant success from the young Geordie. As a youngster though he needed time to settle in at a new club and more importantly a new city.
Carroll was Newcastle born and bred. This was probably the first time he had lived outside the comfort zone of his home city. Like any youngster moving to another city it has taken him time to settle. The pressure of his price tag and all the media criticism probably didn’t help him either.
I really believe that if Andy Carroll is given a chance at Liverpool next season he will come good. Slowly but surely he is looking sharper and brighter. He looked a threat for England at Euro 2012 when he was given the chance and I think he will do for Liverpool next season.
People have doubted whether he can fit in the system that Brendan Rodgers will want to play at Liverpool. He may not be the most technically gifted footballer in the world but he’s not awful with the ball at his feet and he still has time to improve.
Liverpool could be making a terrible error if they let Carroll leave this summer. The big man could be about to come good and if he does that elsewhere then Liverpool will be kicking themselves.
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