Andy Carroll: Why Liverpool May Regret Loaning Him out to West Ham

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Andy Carroll: Why Liverpool May Regret Loaning Him out to West Ham
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Nineteen months ago, Liverpool broke their transfer record for a new signing twice in a matter of hours, with the second of those players—Andy Carroll—signing from Newcastle United for £35 million.

Fast forward to the final days of the 2012 summer transfer window, and the same striker was heading back out of Anfield—on loan to West Ham United.

The reasons and arguments are varied for whether Carroll should have been kept, deserved to be let go on loan, sold permanently or was never properly given a chance at the club and, to certain degrees, have their own semblance of truth behind them.

What is sure though, is that Liverpool are likely to pay a price for the action of letting him go on loan without a replacement being brought in afterwards. Or even better, beforehand.

Here are five reasons why the Reds could regret loaning Andy Carroll out.

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