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Rodgers puts Carroll talks on hold

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the club will not decide on the future of on-loan striker Andy Carroll until the end of the season.

The former Newcastle United forward has spent the campaign at West Ham after he was deemed surplus to requirements by the Anfield club following the appointment of Rodgers.

While no club is likely to match the 35-million-pound fee initially paid for the striker by Liverpool, the Reds will be hoping for a sizeable return on their investment should they sell the 24-year-old this close season.

The England international could yet be offered a route back into the club, though, but the Reds’ boss has made it clear that nothing will get sorted until the current season is over.

“It’s nothing to discuss now,” Rodgers told Fox. “It’s something we’ll speak about at the end of the season.”

Carroll has made a positive impact at Upton Park, scoring five league goals, including two against West Brom on Saturday.

But he has also struggled with injuries, only starting 15 league matches this term.

“We’ve monitored it very closely. We’ve had representatives from Liverpool at most of the games,” Rodgers said.

“It’s obviously been a difficult season for Andy because his initial idea was he wanted to go out and play every week, but unfortunately for him he’s picked up some injuries since he’s been away.

“But he scored two very good goals at the weekend and he’ll be looking to finish the season on a high and achieve the objectives he wanted to before he went out.”

Fri 5 April, 2013
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