In January, Liverpool sold Fernando Torres to Chelsea and the Merseyside club decided to immediately invest a large chunk of the £50 million by signing Andy Carroll from Newcastle, leaving them with £15 million left over.
Carroll had been scoring regularly for the Magpies before arriving at Anfield, although he has spent plenty of time on the bench this season, with Fabio Capello’s recent comments about the player’s lifestyle not helping a 22-year-old who still has plenty of improvement to find.
Kenny Dalglish railed against the current obsession with Carroll and claims that there will be plenty of rotation in the Liverpool squad ahead of a long and testing season.
“I think people are obsessed with Andy Carroll,” said Dalglish. “I’m an old guy and I’m still learning; I don’t understand the paranoia with Andy. People talk about him like they know him. They don’t know him. They talk about his lifestyle … what lifestyle? Everybody is obsessed with Andy Carroll.”
“Andy is young. But he’s an excellent player and will be a valuable asset for us. He knows that we are on the same side as him. That’s important. We’ll always look after him and I’m sure he’ll look after us”.