LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Andy Carroll of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on December 30, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The answer to last week's question about Andy Carroll is apparently yes, this is a thing, and it's one that's probably not going away any time soon. It's mostly just gotten worse, at least from the perspective that there's very little clarity about what's actually going on, as well as the fact that the list of the clubs involved has grown to include Newcastle. So, yeah.
As Noel noted just a bit ago, there's multiple sources that aren't Goal or Caught Offside talking about the Northeast club seeking to bring back their native son on a loan-to-buy deal with some numbers connected, and Brendan Rodgers' deferential responses to questions about the player's future, while not exactly an overt acknowledgement that they're shopping Carroll, have done little to suggest that keeping him around is the most likely scenario.
We had some healthy discussion when talk about a move first started--opinion seemed split then, and likely will be now, but we figured we might as well do something to more formally gauge folks' thoughts. I don't think that anything's changed over the past week for me, insofar that I think he's deserving of a chance to at least prove he can fit into Rodgers' system and could potentially be an important piece for Liverpool moving forward. As I mentioned, he's not a sure thing, and isn't necessarily an automatic starter, but I think he's got something positive to offer regardless of the change in system. His performances in the final months of the season for Liverpool indicated that he's more than capable, and if he's willing to work to prove his worth as rumored, I'm of the opinion that he should stick around.
Certainly open to hearing others' perspectives, though, as this seems an issue in which there's no right or wrong answer, and regardless of the outcome there'll probably be a disagreement about what should or shouldn't have happened.
You know, just like everything else.
What Should Liverpool Do with Andy Carroll?
A. Keep him, full stop. He's part of the club's future. (445 votes)
B. Loan him, but plan to bring him back after. (76 votes)
C. Loan him with a view to a permanent move. (29 votes)
D. Sell him now and move forward. (145 votes)
E. Other. (22 votes)
717 total votes