Brendan Rodgers acknowledges star’s potential

Andy CarrollWest Ham’s on loan Andy Carroll has received praise from Brendan Rodgers who believes he needs to play in the right team.

The 24-year-old moved to the Reds from his hometown club Newcastle in 2011 for a huge fee of £35million and the Liverpool manager feels that the price hangs heavy round his neck.

Carroll – who netted 31 goals in 80 games for the Magpies – has struggled with injuries while on loan at West Ham this season and has scored just five times in 17 appearances.

The Northern Irishman believes that the young England international has a bright future ahead of him but feels he needs to find a club which suits his style and plays direct football.

Rodgers said: “It was very unfortunate for Andy when he joined this club because he had limited experience of the Premier League.”

“But there’s no doubt Andy has great qualities. Look at one of his two goals last week for West Ham from the corner [in a 3-1 win over Wigan].

“But do I think he can be a top player? Is he a top player? He certainly has that potential.

“If he gets that opportunity of playing in a team that suits his style, then there’s always a chance.”

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