Talk of Andy Carroll's departure had cooled as the start of the season approached--at one point we'd thought a deal had been agreed with West Ham, and it was only a matter of time before his Liverpool days were at an end. Like so much that's discussed during the transfer window, it never came to be. And while it still might, at least for now it looks like Carroll's Liverpool future isn't quite done according to Brendan Rodgers:
"There is absolutely no chance [of a loan deal] – and certainly not Newcastle. Newcastle got £35m for this player last year. To even consider wanting to take him on loan is a liberty really. We have got a very small squad as it is. We have lost a lot of players this summer and I have not replaced them, as of yet. That is the reality of where we are. I need a minimum of three strikers. Once the window shuts, that is it until January. I have got Suárez, Fabio Borini and Andy Carroll. I would need to be a nutcase to even consider at this moment to let Carroll go out, unless there are other solutions for that."