Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Loan Andy Carroll to West Ham
The Reds’ first-year manager made the following statement via Sky Sports.
You don't need to be a rocket scientist to see Andy's been a cover player... But, as a club, I'm not sure we are in a position to have £35million players as third-choice strikers.
Shortly thereafter, Liverpool confirmed via its website that Carroll will spend the rest of the 2012-13 season with the Hammers.
The transfer window is often filled with an unsavory mix of unnecessary secrecy and bloviating, and sensible, honest comments like these are rare. Rodgers spoke clearly, and did not try to hide from the problems he has inherited.
He has an unenviable task ahead of him as he attempts to lead Liverpool back to the top of English football, and he knows that drastic changes have to be made. Rodgers has not hid from the fact that this will involve uprooting players who have tried desperately to make the first 11.
Via the same Sky Sports article, he said:
I can only ever be straight with players.
I've made it clear my group will be made up of starting players, cover players who can come in, and development players who can progress.
If you feature outside of that I will tell you and then it is up to the player what they want - do they want to play football?
Rodgers has already undertaken serious changes at Anflied. He bought Fabio Borini, Joe Allen and Oussama Assaidi and was able get Nuri Sahin to play this season on loan, as noted by the Daily Mail.
Now, the BBC’s Ben Smith reports that Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing may follow Carroll out the door, and this will clear up enough cash for Rodgers to make a bid for disgruntled Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey.
Rodgers has made a series of wise decisions in the transfer window this summer, and these transactions will benefit the team going forward.
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