Kamis, 30 Agustus 2012

Carroll may still leave Liverpool

Carroll: Reds future remains unclear

Carroll joined the Reds in a big-money deal from Newcastle 18 months ago, but he is not part of Rodgers' future plans with the manager admitting he will only be used as a 'cover player'.

The England striker appears keen to stay and fight for a place, despite interest from West Ham, but Rodgers has suggested he should seek regular first-team football elsewhere.

"Obviously, I have seen a lot of the links and it is great that those players would want to come here, but the reality is that we are not in a position to do those sort of deals at this stage," Rodgers said.

"The reality is, financially, we need to repair, so the players being linked for the money mentioned, I don't have the ability to sign in this window.

"I respect players and I'm precise with my information so they know where they stand. We all come into the profession knowing what the job is. Ultimately, it comes down to what your objective is as a player.

"I can only be st raight. I've made it clear I have a 1 to 11, cover players and development players. Some of the development players may become starters. If you fit outside that, I will tell you. Then it's up to the player. Does the player want to play football?

"You don't need to be a rocket scientist to see Andy has been a cover player for us and has been excellent in terms of his attitude and acceptance of where he is at, but as a football club, I don't think we are in a position to have 35 million players as third-choice strikers, or wingers who are on 5 million-6 million a year. This is the challenge I have."

"There's still a wee bit of thinking time, and it's hard to walk away from here.

"The ones who want to play will probably look elsewhere, irrespective of finance, because that's their passion."

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