'I didn't get a chance': Andy Carroll speaks out about being shown the Liverpool exit
Tuesday 23 October 2012
Andy Carroll claims he was not given a “fair chance” to prove himself at Liverpool before being ushered out on loan to West Ham.
The striker's future at Anfield quickly came under speculation after Brendan Rodgers, a manager renowned for implementing a passing style of play on his teams, was appointment at Anfield.
Before the close of the summer transfer window the £35m striker was sent on a season long loan deal to West Ham, and Carroll has said it was Rodgers' inability to guarantee regular football that led to the switch.
“I haven’t really had a fair chance at Liverpool,” Carroll said. “I was really told that I should move on to keep playing regular football, and obviously then Sam [Allardyce] wanted me here and told me I would be playing regular games.
"So, for me it was a no-brainer coming here and to play.
"Obviously, I didn’t really get a chance there.
Carroll is yet to score for West Ham, although has been pivotal in the four matches in which he has featured, three of them wins. Yet the 23-year-old believes he could have adapted to Rodgers' style of play at Liverpool and been a success there instead.
“A new manager came in and I wasn’t part of his plans. For me to play football, that was my chance to do that. That is why I am here at Upton Park.
“I think I could fit into every system. I believe in what I can do. Obviously he [Rodgers] has his beliefs and he didn’t think that.
“But for me, obviously, it was better to move on instead of waiting for my chance - which he told me might not come.
“Coming here, I have got a great chance to start games and score goals, which I haven’t really had many of last season.
"I don’t think I have got a point to prove, that is the wrong way to put it.
“I know what I can do and the ability I have got. I know what I am capable of.
“If other people don’t believe it, that is fine. I just get on with it.
"But at the end of the day, I know what I can do.”
There has been speculation that Carroll could be recalled in January but despite being faced with an injury crisis that has left Liverpool with only one recognised striker, Rodgers said recently that recalling Carroll “isn't something I have considered”.
Speaking to ESPN, Carroll also revealed his pride at his well taken header for England during Euro 2012.
“The work I put in over the season, I deserved that goal. I kept my head a lot when I could have lost it at Liverpool. I got my chance at the Euros and I took it.”
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