Carroll must forget price tag
Robbie Fowler believes Andy Carroll is burdened by his transfer fee
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler believes Andy Carroll will become a better player when he forgets about his £35million price tag and focuses on his personal strengths.
Fowler believes the hefty price the Reds paid for Carroll, who became the most expensive British player on the back of Fernando Torres' £50million move to Chelsea in January 2011, has weighed heavy on the striker.
"Liverpool is a massive club. What Andy has to do is forget about the price tag and let other people worry about that," said Fowler.
"It is not as if he was saying 'Buy me for £35million'. The clubs agreed a fee but he has to forget about that.
"At times last year he tried to do a little bit too much and tried to be a £35million player and not do the simple things that got him the move in the first place ie: being a tough forward to make and getting his elbows into defenders in a good old-fashioned English centre-forward way.
"He has to continue what he was doing at the end of last season in being a headache for defenders as he looked a totally different player to the one at the start of the season.
"I know he only started one game (at Euro 2012) but I thought he was fantastic and caused the Sweden defence a lot of problems.
"It was a little bit reminiscent of what he was doing for Liverpool at the end of the season when I think he believed in himself a bit more."
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Amazes me how folk on here can call him rubbish... Like to see them play againnst him.. Fair enough saying not lived upto expectations but rubbish !!!! How many rubbish players could have scored goal of tournament at Euros ????
His price was inflated cos they had money and needed a player... (or thought they did) Was a panick buy ..
Leave bloke alone. He`s a great player and for once I agree with the article. He`s an old fashioned centre forward in a modern game... Is there a place for him ??? Who knows? Spain didnt even play a forward let alone one like Carrol..
"king" Kenny was the problem last year, without a clue he was destroying Liverpool from the inside.
Andy Carroll has alot of potential and given the chance this year i think he will shine, if he can help get Liverpool back to the Champions league then many would say he has paid back the 35m. Rodgers did wonders with less resources at Swansea and time is needed for all the players he has at his disposal, everyone deserves a second chance.
Alan, Crouch is over 10 years older than Carroll and has played alot more for England and if you think scoring one of the best goals in the Euro's was not coming up with the goods then your simply wrong. He had about about 90 mins to impress at the Euro's and he did alot better than most the others.
Forget the price tag, he did not set the valuation, from a business point of view, Mike Ashley did a brilliant job, getting as much as someone was willing to pay!
Concerning Andy Carroll, he has the ability to trouble any defence, and also offers a presence when defending set pieces, but if Liverpool do not play to his strengths, you will not see the potential he has, or more importantly, hurt other teams by scoring - which we know he can.
Liverpool have these players, but if the delivery is poor, no one will benefit.
In Suarez & Carroll, Liverpool have a strike force to trouble any team, but by different routes.
I hope that Mr Rogers and his team can perform miracles in providing a TEAM that work together, and performs better as a whole, only then will you see how the front men play, and then everyone can criticise or eat their words accordingly!
rather be carroll than i would be torres.
and i support no prem club and dont dislike either player
Liverpool fans i ask you this question which of these two were the best piece of business.
Andy Carroll 35mill Games 42 Goals 6 age23
Luis Suarez 23mill Games 44 Goals 15 age25
In conclusion AC massively over priced
Carroll can do nothing about his price tag so as Robbie says forget it.
This lad will soon be doing what he is best at, given the service he needs, his stats are fantastic a good hard working forward.
Please remember Anfield legend Ian Rush had a lousy first season and he did not arrive injured.
I hope Rodgers gives Carroll a decent chance, to send him on loan would not make sense to me.