Have Liverpool built a team around Andy Carroll?

Some of my mates on Twitter believe that if we had not signed Carroll we would not have signed Downing, Henderson or Adam this summer. Especially if Torres had stayed at Liverpool, then we may have signed Mata and some other player. They believe we did not sign Mata because Dr Dalglish and Comolli thought Mata would not be able to swing the ball in like Downing and they believe Mata is the type of winger that likes to cut in and not hug the line.

So if our eventual singings were brought in to suit Carroll’s game, then that would mean the total amount of money spent towards Carroll would be 79 million! That is 35m plus 20 (Downing) plus 16m (Hendo) plus 8m (Adam).

All this should mean that we are going to have many goals from Carroll this season, because the players that the Doctor (Dalglish) ordered are exactly the players that Carroll should thrive on. All this gets me excited. And Carroll should have had one goal already this season, but that silly referee decided to rule out his goal. I am confident that many will come from the young lad.

I would never want to be In Carroll’s shoes, that is, knowing that Dr King Kenny is building Liverpool around me. Just playing for Liverpool FC should be scary enough, but being the present and future of such a great club should be a mighty task. And knowing that most of the players that were bought, were bought to make it easier for him to score could put a sizeable amount of pressure on Carroll, wouldn’t it?

Thankfully this is Carroll we are talking about, the English giant. Our Doctor has already backed him to score a lot of goals and so have many respected opinion leaders. Other players too have backed him to be prolific this season, Jose Enrique being one of them. What is most important is that Carroll himself has backed himself to score many goals this season.

23 responses to “Have Liverpool built a team around Andy Carroll?”

  1. D Boy says:

    Have Downing, Adam and Henderson been ordered to only create for Carroll? Otherwise I would have thought that they were at hand to create for everyone including Suarez, Kuyt, Gerrard and Downing himself. But if they’ve been ordered to only create chances for Carroll then interesting article.

    • Bill Shankly says:

      LoL D Boy ,
      Great reply to a shite article .

    • The point is that Downing, Henderson and Adam were bought to bring the best out of Carroll. Isnt it obvious that they will play football with the rest of the players in the team.

      We ended up buying these players because they are known for their crossing and that gave them the edge over other possible players we could have bought. That is why we got Downing over Mata or Hazard who could have gone for the same price.

      • Sick Of thses Assholes . says:

        We bought in Downing Henderson Adam because they proved themselves to be the best players in their position in the League , which is the same reason we bought Carroll .
        Idiots like you seem to think the same shower of money grabbing dishonest shite that finished 7’th under Rafa should be kept & in doing so will somehow win us the League !!!
        Fucking Idiots .
        Get it into yer head that Dalglish knows what hes doing , he knows the characters he can work with & those that need to be replaced .
        Regardless if you like or trust Kenny or not nobody can say that Adding Andy Carroll , Charlie Adam , Jordan Henderson & Stewart Downing to your squad , thats any squad in the top 5 leagues in Europe , is going to weaking you in any way shape or form .
        We have bought some of the very best players in the Premir League & if you knew anything about football & not computer football you would realize that .

  2. Alan says:

    Carroll right now isn’t good enough to build a top team around. Let’s be honest, if Liverpool didn’t pay a crazy £35m for the guy then who else was breaking down Newcastle’s door for him? He has raw potential but is not very technical or fast.

    Liverpool need to concentrate on getting results and building a system to suit ALL the players we have. If that means dropping Carroll in the weeks ahead then so be it.

    The difference between the danger Suarez creates for the team and Carroll is obvious to a blind man. That’s the difference between a top class player like Suarez and a player with an awful lot to learn and improve on, like Carroll.

    • Dan says:

      Spurs, 25 million a couple of days before.

    • Dom says:

      please dont compare suarez and carrol they are two completely different forwards you numpty.

      • Greg says:

        yes.. they are completely different.. one is a world class player with great technical ability .. the other is overrated Carroll.. it will turn out to be one of the worst buys in the history of the league.. and yes I am a Liverpool fan.. but Carroll is just like every other Brit strike.. overrated crap..much like the talent that England produces in every position relative to their foreign peers!

  3. Bill Shankly says:

    Clueless tit .
    He doesnt know the difference between pace & acceleration & thinks technique starts & ends with dribbling & its dribbling all over his keyboard he is doing instead of writing a credible football comment about a TEAM GAME .

  4. Keagan says:

    I read so many articles everyday about Liverpool and I feel this is interesting, it’s gives a different perspective on things. Ido believe Carroll is to young to be considered the heart and soul of Liverpool football club. But maybe your right, maybe Kenny is building a team around Carroll, You have given in depth thought and a logical analysis as to how we have built the team around him. You have given great facts and as we saw against Sunderland every corner was aimed at him. With great crossers like Adam, downing and Stevie he’s guarenteed to get goals from corners.

    I believe we can expect big things from Carroll because of his massive price tag and because the lad is class. A defenders absolute nightmare, don’t be surprised if Carroll ends up outscoring Luis Suarez this year, it’s very possible. He should already be on the score sheet and my belief is 20 goals will come.

  5. tom says:

    This whole debate over Carroll not being good enough or the signings made since his purchase is a little tiresome, I bloody hope KK has brought players that work well together for the sake of the team, how successful this is we will wait and see, but I can tell you this compared to our 2 strikers we had at the start of last season LFC will score more goals! Our midfield has more competition of a higher class and this season the LB we have brought is way better than the guy we brought last year

  6. DREW says:

    Drop Carroll are you serious. I would rather have carroll over suarez anyday just my opinion, he has more options, bigger stronger, in the air and deceptive speed. Anyway glad we have both of them

  7. Jason says:

    That is with the assumption that Carroll will score many goals, if not, then we have wasted 79 million, where we should spend on players like Aguero, Mata, Hazard, Marin….

    For my predictions, if Carroll played, we are not going to get the 4th place, we will be without Champion League for years to come.

  8. tony says:

    YES YES YES When carrollwas taken of on weekend we had nothing upfront lost shape because of the link up with carroll we need one more great frontman.

  9. noxy says:

    carroll is simply a fool and dalglish is a xenophobe. Why leave out aquilani agains sunderland. I’d tink kk is a fool 4 putn faith in carol

    • Sean says:

      I hope you are not a Liverpool fan you know it all fuck. I hope Kk and Carroll make you choke on those words

  10. Gerrardious says:

    have u ever thought that maybe leaving out Aqua was meant to send a clear message that he is not part of his plan. easy man

  11. Dogzenkatz says:

    You kidding? The new team is built around Lucas. Look all round the team. Besides Carragher, Reina and Enrique, everyone else on the squad is capable of contributing at least a goal to 20 a season, so the onus will not be on our most expensive signing to do so. Carroll provides the aerial threat we sorely missed while our defenders are defending and the kind of muscle we never had up front since Bellamy left, both are necessary options to thrive especially against teams like WBA who will park the bus.

    Now as to why Lucas? While Enrique was probably our best bet seeing that Baines was unavailable, our other outfield players signed were the 3rd, 4th and 9th top chance creators in the league last season. This stat is probably less of a coincidence than that they’re British. Meireles is 14th on that list, and Gerrard has always had a high ratio in that respect too. So why do we want so many creative players from deep?

    Seeing the importance of stats to our new look midfield, Lucas completed the 16th most passes in the league. If that is not already impressive for consistency, no one completed more tackles. Not even Danny Murphy who’s a better tackler by success rate. With the leagues number 1 tackler, it makes sense to have many creative options for him to get the ball to.

    When Brazil invented the 4-2-3-1, the idea was that the 2 central mids – who were typically un-samba-esque, would be protecting the back 4 so the wingbacks could bomb forward. The additional role of the central mids would then be getting the ball to any of their 6 attackers(the wingbacks with speed and 4 forwards with an array of skills.)Lucas has become this type of midfielder, and as stats have shown, is the best of his ilk in England.

    With Adam, Hendo and Downing, these 3 are proven(in the league) creative outlets, 3 extra options for Lucas to play the short ball to. Adam, Agger, Carra and Flanno are more than capable of the long ball, as we’ve witnessed against Sunderland. Throughout the course of the season, if we lose the ball, we’re likely to start again from either Reina or Lucas. That is to say, most balls from open play must pass through Lucas at some point. He is our chief ball winner. This also means he is the one who will mark instead of being marked.

    Therefore, given Lucas’ role and stats, and the creative nature of our new boys, it does look more likely that the team is built around Lucas – a 5m man as opposed to our 35m man. It is also worth noting Carroll is on just over half of Torres wages and less than a third of Aguero’s, and based on what he’s getting, he’s as worth the money as Aguero! Aguero scored 2, Carroll scored a little over 2 thirds of a goal(went in, got ruled out, so that’s almost 1).

    • Bill Shankly says:

      Good post .
      You should consider sticking a title on it & emailing it to Ron to see if he will publish it for you .
      We need more intelligent SUPPORTIVE posts instead of all these supposedly “Even Handed” posts which are little more than snide attacks upon the Club .

  12. Fakoyejo says:

    Why cant we just relaxed nd be patient a little,we all knw dt Andy is still a very very young lad who is till under learning,you are only looking at his size nd stature instead of his age nd future potentials dt he posses,just give him about one nd a half to two seasons U will surely confirm dt he is a major threat to any back four,he may even explode against against arsenal on saturday as we all knw they dont like long nd high balls tactical plays!!

  13. njanja says:

    I completely agree with you that the current LFC team is built around Caro, but unfortunately to the detriment of the entire club. Ever since KK realized that he had just been duped of 35m he wasted on the kid, he never stopped wasting more funds on the likes of Hendo, Downing, etc in a bid to cover his mistake of buying Carol. He suddenly resorted to long balls as against our traditional pass and move pattern which he applied very effectively last season. Henceforth he doesn’t want to set his eyes on players like Meireles, Aqua, Maxi, Kuyt etc, that are not prepared to “follow his kick and follow” pattern. KK was blinded by Carrol’s saga that he almost forgot that our defense was our worst department, and that the 16m or 20m wasted on Hendo could conveniently give us Cahil, besides Mireles, Aqua, Shelvy, Kuyt, Maxi, and even Coady are all better than thathis Henderson.

  14. Lee says:

    Theres only one tin i’d lyk fellow kopites to knw nd that is we nd anoda stryka… Yeah to b frank carrol does have potential to bcome a great but d fans are nt ready to wait any longa nt wen man united is nw on 19 are we going to wait 4 someone who is just going to improve nd also d kind of optimism we have concerning d playas we brot in so definitely carrol doesnt xcatly fit dat bill 4 nw, we do nd a ready made 4ward that even carrol can learn 4rm nd then improve on his game if we want to stick our neck in there this season

  15. vanne says:

    Yeah, a lot of goals from Carrol////////////
    the difference is scoring winning goals////// No point scoring a hatric in a five nil game, and the next game is a 0-0 draw or a 0-1 defeat. Carrol is NOT a match winner, and LFC will never have the NEVER SAY DIE spirit without a matchwinner