Liverpool have now dispatched Gomel in the Europa League qualifying matches and it heralds the true beginning of the Rodgers era at Anfield. In less than ten days sterner tests await with the start of the Premier League and an away game at West Bromwich Albion on 18 August. The Premiership is where it really counts and where we’ll get to see Rodgers Liverpool playing tougher opposition but with a full-strength team executing their new brand of football, the tiki-taka style of zonal play which is so often associated with the likes of Barcelona. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Andy Carroll’
Tags: Andy Carroll, Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool FC, Lucas, Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Tiki Taka
Tags: Andy Carroll, Borini, Fenway Sports, Ian Rush, John Henry, LFC US Tour, Liverpool FC
So Liverpool’s squad is now in the US for the first time since 2004 ready for their North American tour. There are three matches scheduled: Toronto FC on July 21, AS Roma at Fenway Park in Boston on July 25 and Tottenham in Baltimore on July 28. So how important is this tour and does this one have more riding on it than previous overseas tours?
There are two main objectives of the tour: commercial and performance. (more…)
Tags: AC Milan, Andy Carroll, Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool FC
Imagine Liverpool receiving a substantial bid for Andy Carroll. One that made the loss versus the initial £35m outlay not look too bad? Would you sell him, take the cash and invest in other quality players? The fact is this scenario seems to be getting closer to reality.
At the beginning of the year I don’t think many of us would have said no to Carroll’s sale. (more…)
Tags: Andy Carroll, Damien Comolli, England, Euros, Jamie Carragher, Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool FC
To say it’s been a year of transition for Andy Carroll would be quite the understatement. Carroll struggled to make any kind of impact or find consistency throughout most of last season and at times he looked like the proverbial cart-horse. The £35m fee paid for him was way over the top and is one of the main reasons for Damien Comolli‘s departure and cast doubt over Dalglish‘s ability to identify quality players at a decent price. During last January’s transfer window there would have been few who would have questioned Carroll being sold although the financial loss would have been too horrendous to contemplate. Carroll simply looked slow, ineffective and, from Dalglish’s point-of view, unplayable.
But over the last few months Carroll has been transformed. (more…)
Tags: Andy Carroll, Anfield, Brendan Rodgers, Charlie Adam, FA Cup, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Henderson, Liverpool FC, Salomon Kalou, Stewart Downing, Swansea
There is no doubt that Liverpool have one of the finest club histories in the world. They have legendary status which will be with them forever. It’s something all Liverpool supporters are extremely proud of but the club is now entering a new phase in it’s history with a new manager with a fresh approach, stable ownership who are in it for the long-term and the likelihood of a new stadium within the next few seasons. The stage is set for Liverpool to revive and reinvent themselves into one the England’s finest teams once more. Wishful thinking? Of course, but the club hasn’t been in this good a position for a decade or more and with it comes the need to start adding to their already illustrious history. (more…)
Tags: Andy Carroll, Brendan Rogers, England, Euros, Glen Johnson, Jordan Henderson, Liverpool FC, Martin Kelly, Rio Ferdinand, Roy Hodgson, Steven Gerrard, Stuart Downing
I don’t know about you but I’ve never really cared too much about England. They’re constant under-achievers, have been poorly managed for decades due to the FA’s low-risk manager selection processand are supported mainly by Londoners who only know one dreadful song. Like most Liverpool supporters when asked if they would prefer England to win the World Cup or Liverpool to win the Premiership you don’t need an extensive opinion-poll to know what the vast majority would answer.
Tags: Andy Carroll, FA Cup, Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool FC, Luis Suarez
Let’s face it Andy Carroll never asked to be bought for £35m but that price tag has weighed heavily on him and seems to have been a major factor in his poor performances this season according to those close to him. With such a large transfer fee hanging over his head, thanks to Liverpool’s ex-employee Damien Comolli, Carroll was on a hiding-to-nothing when he was signed in January 2011. Kenny’s philosophy of “buy young, buy British” was the order of day and Carroll was seen to fit that bill perfectly, seemingly at any price. Everyone, including Carroll himself, knew we’d paid too much for him and the expectations were too high with only an immediate impact and hatful of goals were going to keep the critics at bay.
Tags: Andy Carroll, Anfield, Boston, FA Cup, Kenny, Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool, Liverpool FC
With Liverpool’s form in free fall it’s time to simply forget about this years league position. It doesn’t matter who we finish above or below as the reality is it’s all now meaningless. We won’t be relegated, thankfully the league didn’t start in January, and we won’t end up in a position of any relevance. What Kenny needs to do immediately is throw his book of tactics out the window (they’re obviously not working), start fresh and begin the process of building for next season. (more…)
Tags: Andy Carroll, Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool FC, Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard
There’s an optimism that we’re now seeing the true beginnings of a front-line striking partnership between Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll. The latest evidence came after Sunday’s 6-1 FA Cup win over Brighton in particular when a deep cross from Downing (he actually had a good game) to the far post was met by Carroll who headed it back across the goal-mouth for Suarez to score from the simplest of headers.
It’s gratifying to see an understanding between the two players paying-off. There’s no question that with Suarez now playing on a regular basis and in fine form and with Carroll becoming increasingly effective with each game, scoring a cracker to make it 3-1, there’s every reason to believe there’s a new ”Keegan/Toshack” attacking duo in the making. And it’s about time. Carroll’s lack of form since signing from Newcastle a year ago has had us waiting for this to finally happen.
During the January transfer window I was one of those who felt strongly Liverpool needed to buy a new, quality, striker. I still do. It’s the obvious position Liverpool were lacking. Even so, I continued to have hopes Carroll would eventually come good but in the meantime the front-line needed strengthening. Liverpool needed a class player who could put away those endless chances the current forwards were struggling to dispatch, especially at home. However, once the deadline passed without any new signings, I’m not sure what Comolli was doing, Dalglish had no option but to work on improving the performance of the current squad and none more so than Carroll. After endlessly defending his players below-par performances perhaps the turning point was Dalglish’s verbal assault on the team after the embarrassing 3-1 defeat at Bolton where Liverpool were, to say the least, poor.
“If they needed a lesson to be taught to them then today was it. If they thought they could just turn up and get a result and not match the opposition for effort and commitment then they got a lesson today. If they have learned it, then fine”.
“They” of course included Andy Carroll, among others, but since then we’ve seen a player with a different attitude and work rate.
Even Steven Gerrard in a pre-match interview before the return leg of the Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester City when asked about the current form of the new signings said they knew they weren’t playing at their best. Code for “they aren’t good enough right now”. It was a fair and honest assessment but one that seems to have resonated, and stimulated action, among the newer players. Some of the media criticized Gerrard for saying this but when you star player says you’re not doing well you better listen and it seems they did.
So it’s on to Wembley next Sunday for the Carling Cup final and I’m sure Kenny will have Suarez and Carroll in the starting line-up. Let’s hope it’s a platform for the new striking partnership use to showcase what they are truly capable of.
Tags: Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam, Craig Bellamy, Dirk Kuyt, Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Having been my man-of-the-match against Man United on Saturday Andy Carroll looked the part once again in Liverpool’s impressive 3-0 win over Wolves on Tuesday night. Carroll’s movement on and off the ball looked assured mixed in with flashes of brilliance. (more…)