Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Why Andy Carroll's Career Is Finished at Anfield

Nathan JudahCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2012

An increasing lonely figure at Anfield
An increasing lonely figure at AnfieldClive Brunskill/Getty Images

Many fans and experts alike saw Luis Suarez's eight-match ban as the perfect opportunity to reignite Andy Carroll's faltering Liverpool career. 

Not only has he failed to score, he has lost his place to a 32-year-old journeyman and a striker who has not scored since last May.

So what to do with a problem like Carroll?

It's become a real head-scratcher for Kenny Dalglish, who is starting to receive the first waves of real criticism after giving the green light for the huge £35 million switch from Newcastle last January.

Problems with lack of discipline and a constant inability to control his diet can almost be overlooked if the England international were delivering the goods on the pitch, but two goals and one assist in 20 games this season is far from acceptable.

Of course, the huge transfer fee paid was not Carroll's fault in what was a quite astounding final transfer deadline day last January, but the weight of expectation has become too much for the youngster; at times he looks to be carrying it in his hips, stomach and thighs.

A 3-0 loss at Manchester City followed by a 0-0 stalemate with Stoke and a 3-1 capitulation to Bolton were perhaps the final nails in the coffin for Dalglish and his patience with the 23-year-old striker.

Dropped for Wednesday night's Carling Cup semifinal (the biggest game of the season so far) is a big indication that his days at Anfield may well be numbered.

With Suarez due back for the midweek trip to Anfield, and potential interest from former employers Newcastle United, Dalglish could well cut his losses less than a year to the day of paying a British record fee for the Geordie.

And the mental affect on Carroll if he was sold back?  I suspect the sanctuary of familiarity will far outweigh the potential negatives. 

The Newcastle faithful would welcome back their talismanic striker with open arms.  

The price?  £14 million should do it!