Andy Carroll remains Liverpool’s record transfer.
We bought the Englishman six years ago today, which actually suggests that we’ve not been especially competitive in the transfer market since.
Having sold Fernando Torres to Chelsea for £50m, Liverpool desperately needed another forward, and splashed out £35m on Newcastle’s target-man.
His career at Liverpool didn’t work out at all in truth, for much the same reason Christian Benteke struggled. His attributes (aerial strength, hold-up play) didn’t suit Liverpool’s footballing style and we failed to get the best out of him, eventually making a £20m loss when selling him to West Ham.
But it seems Carroll was as ill-prepared for the move as we were, desperately googling his team-mates on the last-minute helicopter to Anfield!
“When I was leaving Newcastle for Liverpool, I was in the helicopter on the way down and I had to go to Google to find out who their players were, looking on the phone,” he said, reported by Goal.
“I was signing and I didn’t know who my team-mates would be!
“I knew Stevie and some of the others but not all of them. And I loved it at Newcastle. I wasn’t ready to leave. It came as a shock.
“I’d had a season ticket, it was my club and it was a shock to move. I was 22. I could never get a grip at Liverpool.”
Our decision to sign Carroll for such big money was a terrible one, but thankfully, we’d bought a certain Uruguayan named Luis Suarez for much less money a few days beforehand.
This striker is now recognised as the best in the world. It’s a just a mighty shame he’s tearing up trees for Barcelona and not Liverpool, of course!