Carroll Will Pay Liverpool Back
Andy Carroll cost Liverpool a huge amount of money when he signed from Newcastle, but I believe he is ready to prove his worth at Liverpool.
Carroll came to Merseyside unable to play due to injury and that didn’t help him when he eventually made his debut in a Red shirt.
He looked slow and awkward and most importantly he had difficulty in finding the net, which brought plenty of critics to view him as “what a waste of money”.
Former Reds’ manager Kenny Dalglish who signed the big Geordie, always protected Carroll from criticism, but there was times he hindered his progress at times.
There were times when Carroll would play well or score a goal and then the next game Dalglish would drop him from the team.
People are quick to judge big money signings and most people had made up their mind about the big striker.
Most people forget that Carroll is still a youngster and with respect to Newcastle, they don’t have the expectations that Liverpool have.
Moving from his home town to another big city is another problem Carroll faced as he had to settle into a new environment.
Obviously getting used to a new manager and a new team’s style of play takes time and getting to know new team mates.
All these things are forgotten about when a player seemingly worth £35 million joins a new club.
But for all these facts or excuses, it is certain that Carroll has struggled to live up to his price tag and has had a difficult start to his career at Anfield.
But towards the end of last season Carroll has started look like the player that shone at Newcastle, his cameo role in the FA Cup Final followed by his performance a few days later against FA Cup Winners Chelsea at Anfield, really impressed people.
Carroll has been rewarded by his inclusion in England’s squad for this summer’s European Championships, where he has already managed to score at this time of writing.
At the latter part of the season Carroll has looked a different player for Liverpool. He has been dominating centre halves in the air instead of looking at referees’ for free-kicks and he has looked a lot sharper in his movement which wasn’t there earlier in the season.
Carroll has started to look like the perfect foil for fellow striker Luis Suarez as glimpses of a blossoming partnership were highlighted towards the end of the season.
A sharper and stronger Carroll will be a major plus for Liverpool next season in their quest to qualify for Champions League football once again, and this can only be good news for new manager Brendan Rodgers.
Next season will be a big season for Carroll and I expect him to pay a big slice of his transfer fee back to Liverpool.