Thursday 19 September 2019

'I never knew any players' - Andy Carroll had to google Liverpool team-mates ahead of Anfield move

Andy Carroll cannot wait to resume his career at first club Newcastle (John Giles/PA)
Andy Carroll cannot wait to resume his career at first club Newcastle (John Giles/PA) Newsdesk Newsdesk

Newcastle striker Andy Carroll had to google his Liverpool team-mates to find out who they were after moving to Anfield in 2011.

Carroll became a club-record signing when the Reds spent £35m to bring the striker in from Newcastle, but the then 22-year-old struggled for form at his new club.

Carroll spent the last seven seasons at West Ham before re-joining his boyhood club this summer. The striker did an interview with the Newcastle website to mark his return and revealed that he didn't have much knowledge of his team-mates after securing the move to Liverpool.

"It's bad because it's Liverpool players, but it's not disrespectful," the 30-year-old said.

"When I was [in Newcastle], I'd go home, mess about with my mates, play football, go out, whatever, but I'd never watch football, I never knew any players.

"When I was in the helicopter down to Liverpool, I was like 'I know Stevie G, I know Carragher. Who else?' I just literally didn't watch football, so I didn't know.

"My agent at the time had to tell me, and I would get it on Google and find out the team."

During his first spell at Newcastle, Carroll was involved in some off-field incidents but says that he has grown up massively in the subsequent years.

"I was a kid. I came out of school, I was messing around here. I never really grew up," he added.

"I was stupid, I was young, and I was carried away with the lifestyle that I had.

"I'm still a child at heart, but I've grown up massively. I've realised my mistakes in the past, and I've realised what I want to be, and what I am.

"I met my missus, and we've got four kids living at home now, we've got animals, we've got responsibilities. There's no more behaviour like it was.

"Now it's completely different. I'm actually a dad, I've grown up, and got responsibilities, so I've got a purpose."

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