It's not time to give up on Andy Carroll just yet.
Despite his obvious struggles at Anfield this season, the young striker has far too much talent and potential for Liverpool to give up on him after a year-and-a-half with the squad. That means when AC Milan comes knocking on the door for a loan opportunity, the Reds should politely decline the offer.
From the Daily Mail:
Italian giants AC Milan are weighing up a loan move for Liverpool's Andy Carroll.
The strikers' name came up when the two clubs were talking about midfielder Alberto Aquilani return to Merseyside following a year in Milan.
The son of Milan president and former Italian Prime Mininster Silvio Berlusconi—Pier Silvio—is understood to be a fan of the ex-Newcastle man following his performances at Euro 2012.
Yes, I know he was a bitter disappointment in the 2011-12 season. Yes, I know he didn't make anyone forget about the fantastic run of form Fernando Torres had for the team during his spell at Anfield.
No, Brendan Rodgers shouldn't simply dismiss him before trying to work him into the system.
Dangerous strikers don't exactly grow on trees, and Carroll has the potential to be one of the deadliest finishers in the air in the world if he continues to grow in his game. And how much different might this Reds team look if Carroll regains his Newcastle form?
Giving him at least until the January transfer window to reignite his game for Liverpool makes more sense than simply loaning him away to AC Milan, where he might become attached and decide a permanent move would be in his best interest.
And while it seems Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are in a position to keep themselves in the Champions League next season, the rest of the league is wide open, especially with Robin van Persie's pending departure from Arsenal weakening the Gunners.
That opens up the fourth Champions League qualifying spot, and Liverpool should be in the mix to qualify. However, that will become more difficult without Carroll producing for the squad.
It's difficult to be patient in the face of high-priced, underachieving disappointment—especially during a season when the club itself failed to live up to expectations—but making Carroll the scapegoat for all of that disappointment is not fair.
He was a major bust last year, no two ways about that. But with a new manager in place, a fresh start for Carroll at Anfield could mean a fresh barrage of goals could follow.
That possibility makes any loan or transfer to AC Milan a risk Liverpool shouldn't take.
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