Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Must Let Andy Carroll Return to Newcastle

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2012

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 01:  Liverpool striker Andy Carroll in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at Sports Direct Arena on April 1, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Andy Carroll has a future at the top of an English Premier League team's attack, but it may not be at Anfield with Liverpool.

According to Telegraph reporter Luke Edwards, Newcastle has a firm offer in place to acquire the Reds striker. It's now up to Liverpool to decide what they want to do:

Newcastle United will not raise their £12m offer for Andy Carroll and insist it is up to Liverpool whether they want to keep an unhappy player they do not have a role for or grant him his wish to return to Tyneside.

It's hard to justify allowing a player of Carroll's potential to leave your side, especially when you finished eighth in the league last season. However, not only did Liverpool finish eighth, they struggled to produce any form of consistent offense.

It never helped anyone to hold onto an unhappy player. If Carroll wants to return to the team that put him on the EPL map, the Reds must let him go.

Carroll scored 31 goals in 80 appearances with Newcastle from 2006-11. They were the first side to utilize his strong, physical frame at the top of their attack. That eventually resulted in a fat contract with the Reds.

With Brendan Rodgers now at the helm of the Merseyside club, Carroll has become expendable. It has nothing to do with his talent. He just doesn't fit Rodgers' possession-style of football. If Liverpool is going to find their way back among the elite, they must make sure their players fit their new manager's preference.

Edwards' report states that "Newcastle would like to initially sign Carroll on loan with a view to a permanent move." The Reds aren't going to get back the £35 million they spent on the 23-year-old striker, but it's a move that must be made.

Keeping Carroll at Anfield is just going to make a sticky situation stickier. The report states that "Carroll is desperate to return to the club where he emerged as one of the best young centreforwards in the country," and they should allow him to do that.

If his heart isn't in it, it's hard to see him improving on last year's so-so performance. 

Liverpool doesn't have any margin for error on the offensive end. They struggle enough, and they don't need an unhappy player manning the top of their attack.

The Reds should let Carroll return to Newcastle. It's a tough pill to swallow, but it's best for both sides at this point.