If we were Andy Carroll we would keep a bag packed by the door
Brendan Rodgers spoke about Andy Carroll yesterday and he didn’t exactly dampen speculation about letting the big fella leave Liverpool.
While Kenny Dalglish was always a dogged defender of Andy Carroll, it seems new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers isn’t such a big fan.
Speculation about the former Newcastle man going on loan to AC Milan won’t go away and now Rodgers seems to be floating the idea of letting the big striker spend a year away from Anfield.
"It's something I would have to look at, I have to be honest,” Rodgers says in today’s Daily Telegraph.
"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'."
"There are many things to going on loan. 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."
Carroll did spend large parts of last season on the bench but he hit some form near the end of the campaign and he scored a fine goal for England at Euro 2012. That header against Sweden seems to have sparked the interest of AC Milan, if the rumor mill is to be believed.
However, when asked by reporters if any offers had been made for Carroll, Rodgers said: “I have spoken to him on his holidays, he knows exactly where he stands, but I have had no inquiries about him."
If the other rumour surrounding Anfield today, about the imminent arrival of striker Fabio Borini from Roma, is true, then Carroll may well be on his way.