Liverpool turned down an initial bid by Newcastle to take the 23-year-old, who they sold to the Reds for £35m in January 2011, back to Tyneside on loan. The Reds, who have rejected a bid by the Magpies to re-sign Carroll on loan and want £20million for the England striker, will be infuriated by Pardew’s claim. And Pardew says Rodgers must accept that Liverpool are going to suffer a substantial loss on the hitman. Pardew employed a piece of advice given to him when he was Reading manager by then-Royals chairman John Madejski to try to make his point to Rodgers. But Pardew told BBC Radio Newcastle: “[Reading chairman] John Madejski used to say to me about certain players, just wipe your nose and move on. And I think [Liverpool] are going to have to do that with Andy.” Pardew’s advice is unlikely to impress Rodgers, and he risked further riling the Ulsterman by claiming Carroll’s days at Anfield have been numbered ever since the ex-Swansea boss took over. The Newcastle manager claims that Rodgers knows a big target-man such as the 6ft 3in tall Carroll does not fit in with his philosophy of passing the ball on the deck.
Andy Carroll career stats
Newcastle (2006-11): 91 games, 33 goals
Preston (loan Aug 2007-08): 12 appearances, 1 goal
Liverpool (2011-present): 56 appearances, 11 goals
England (2010-present): 7 appearances, 2 goals
“I think it was obvious as soon as Brendan went into Liverpool that Andy’s time was going to have to be somewhere else. I think it’s quite right we’re involved in that.”Whether he comes here, is something that I will take or I will leave.”It’s a lot of money for Mike [Ashley, Newcastle’s owner], although we’ll obviously be getting a big upside in terms of what we sold him for, and we’ve got three great strikers here already.”But of course as the manager, I want the best players I can get,”said Pardew. Liverpool have already signed Italian forward Fabio Borini this summer, and Pardew believes that any money generated from a potential deal for Carroll can still be used wisely by the new Reds manager.”Whether it’s £15m, £16m or £20m, if [Rodgers] uses that money and gets an uplift in the player that he brings in that’s OK,” he added. And that’s how you’ve got to look at it.” Carroll, who has scored just 11 goals in his 56 appearances for Liverpool, would be interested in returning to his native Tyneside if Rodgers does not want him. Pardew knows this and is trying to increase the pressure on his Anfield counterpart to let the 23-year-old go. However, Rodgers, who is on tour with Liverpool in America, insists Carroll can fit into his style of playing.
He claims he has had a brief word with the striker, who began his pre-season training campaign this week after a post-Euros holiday, and plans a longer chat in the next few days. “Andy is a terrific young player. I had a brief chat with all the lads and over the next couple of weeks I’ll be able to speak to them with more confidence and on a one to one basis,” Rodgers told the club website. There is no doubt he is a terrific talent. There has been a lot of unfair criticism aimed towards Andy. Rodgers continued:”He is a player who can play in a number of styles and it was a wee bit unfair on him (for people) to say he couldn’t fit into the way I would want to play. For me, your game is based on your players, the players you have. I am here to win games.”