Sunday 18 February 2018

Pardew tells Liverpool to 'wipe noses and move on' over Carroll

Luke Edwards

Alan Pardew claims Liverpool have no option, but to accept a huge loss on Andy Carroll because Brendan Rodgers knows he is not suited to his style of football.

The striker was signed by Kenny Dalglish for a British record fee of £35m in January 2011, but Rodgers has done little to suggest he wants to keep the England international since he replaced the Scot.

Rodgers indicated this month that Carroll would be allowed to leave for the right price and, although he has since tempered those comments, the player is still thought to be surplus to requirements.

Liverpool have put a £20m valuation on Carroll, but Pardew, who had a loan offer turned down last week, has increased the pressure on Anfield executives as he seeks a lower price. The Newcastle manager said Reading chairman John Madejski used to say to him about certain players, "just wipe your nose and move on."

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"And I think Liverpool are going to have to do that with Andy," he said. "It was obvious as soon as Brendan went into Liverpool that Andy's time was going to have to be somewhere else.

"It's a lot of money for Mike (Ashley, Newcastle owner), although we'll obviously be getting a big upside in terms of what we sold him for and we've got three great strikers here already.

"But, of course, as the manager I want the best players I can get. Whether it's £15m, £16m or £20m, if (Rodgers) uses that money and gets an uplift in the player that he brings in that's okay. That's how you've got to look at it."

Newcastle's confidence appears to be based on the belief that Carroll wants to return to his native North East should he leave Anfield and they are not convinced by Rodgers' recent attempt to talk up the 23-year-old's adaptability.

Irish Independent

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