With Liverpool taking on West Ham on Sunday, former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll will be taking his old club and is certainly going to have extra motivation to do well against the club that let him go.
Liverpool signing Andy Carroll for £35million from Newcastle was a transfer deal that shocked many in the football world. There was no way that Carroll was worth that much but considering Liverpool had received £50million from selling Torres to Chelsea, Newcastle were the winners in all of this as they were able to set a high fee for the striker.
Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, has reiterated his thoughts on the Carroll signing and believes that Liverpool made a big mistake by signing the striker for £35million.
In his weekly column, Carragher said, “Unfortunately, though, Liverpool’s decision to pay £35million was a big mistake and it never did Andy any favours. He started well, with two goals against Manchester City on his first start, but it quickly became apparent he wasn’t the right fit for the club.
“In training, he’d complain if the ball was not flung into the box — and I don’t mean from out wide. He wanted the ball to come in to him from close to the halfway line, but at Liverpool that was never going to happen.
“There were other things. He found the intensity of playing three games every week difficult.
Before he might have been used to getting himself right for a match on a Saturday, then spending time socially with his mates — as we all did when we were young — but at Liverpool the training and professional demands are relentless.
He would very rarely complete a full week on the training field at Melwood and, eventually, that takes a toll. If you aren’t fully conditioned, you are susceptible to injuries and Andy suffered his fair share.
“Another major issue was the fact he lacked pace. He suits the way Sam Allardyce operates and is West Ham’s focal point but at Liverpool that would never have been the case. Andy may feel Brendan made the decision about him too quickly but it was the right call.”
It is interesting to note from Carragher what went on in training with Carroll and simply how unfit he was. I think we all agree that Liverpool paid too much for Carroll and he simply was never going to be a hit at Liverpool simply because he style of play was not suited to the club.
At West Ham, Carroll seems to be playing much better, that is because their style suites him to the tee. It would be such a shame if he plays a blinder of a game on Sunday against Liverpool and dents our title aspirations.