There have been many completely justified arguments made by Liverpool fans for the club to sell Andy Carroll as soon as possible. However, this viewpoint is often coupled with recommendations to purchase a "world-class" replacement. Furthermore, instructions arise for the club to buy five more players from outside the Premier League, a fantasy shopping list of unproven players who at one point or another have shown a turn of pace or delicious piece of skill.
At the end of the day, we need to keep daydreaming for our fantasy team and our minds grounded in reality when it comes to the transfer business of the clubs we support. I would have loved to see Juan Mata unveiled in a red shirt at the beginning of this season. But a combination of lack of European football as well as Kenny Dalglish's disposition towards British talent renders this yearning pointless.
Just as Alberto Aquilani wasn't moved on a permanent basis this summer, Carroll will not be sold in January, nor will he be flogged after the end of this season. I'll go one step further and go on the record to state that Liverpool's number 9 won't be going anywhere until at least the second-last year of his contract, way down the road in 2015.
I'd like to put forward my five reasons why the big man won't be sold anytime soon, and I hope to also hear your opinion on the matter.