Wednesday 26 July 2017

James Lawton: Dalglish needs to cut his loses on £35m misfit Carroll

Andy Carroll has failed to live up to his £35m price-tag since his move to Liverpool last year
Andy Carroll has failed to live up to his £35m price-tag since his move to Liverpool last year

The timeless advice of Kenny Rogers may have haunted many down the years but few can have felt its sharpest edge more than Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish over the last few months.

"Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em," warbled the old country singer in 'The Gambler' but Dalglish continues to present a deaf ear. And all the time Andy Carroll looks a little more like a definition of football inflation.

Even against Manchester City's fragile young central defender Stefan Savic, who at one point looked as if he might be heading towards something close to a nervous breakdown, the £35m Carroll -- the second most expensive signing, after Fernando Torres, in the history of the English game -- this week remained rooted in nightmare.

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