Rogers: Carroll could go out on loan
Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers hasn’t ruled out the possibility that his club’s record purchase could benefit from being loaned to another team.
July 10th, 2012
Eighteen months on from the 23 year-old’s £35m switch from Newcastle United – and with the manager who signed him, Kenny Dalglish, no longer at Anfield – Rodgers has hinted that loaning out Carroll would be something worth considering.
“It’s something I would have to look at, I have to be honest,” he said, although keen to stress that no such approaches have been made as of yet.
Speculation is rife this week that the frontrunners for such a move would be AC Milan, whose representatives were reportedly impressed with his shift at Euro 2012 which included an hour of the quarter-final against Italy – coming on at the sixty-minute mark and playing through extra time. His other two appearances at the tournament included a goal against Sweden – his second in an England shirt.
“There are many things to going on loan,” said Rodgers. “Is it going to be beneficial for the club? That’s the most important thing. Sometimes a player going out on loan – in general, not just Andy – can benefit the club in the long term.”
“It gets them game experience and they come back a better player, a more confident one – certainly more so than if they’ve been sitting on the bench for the majority of the season.”
More than anything, Rodgers appeared forthcoming in his thoughts on the squad for the upcoming season, simply to placate reporters who might doubt his decisions.
“I’m not going to sit here and say I will never let anyone go on loan, then come in here in two weeks and a player’s gone, and you’re saying ‘you said you wouldn’t let them go’.”
Carroll’s resurgence in form at the end of last season – in which he also scored the winner in the FA Cup semi-final and the consolation in the final – will have been the spark he needed to make it to Poland and Ukraine, but his current club record of less than one goal in five games could see him transfer – albeit temporarily – to a team that can make more use of his strong style of play.