ALL EYES ON CARROLL AHEAD OF THIS WEEKEND’S GAME
Newcastle’s ex-number 9 scored the last time these teams met at SJP in a 3-1 win but this is his first game against the Magpies at his old ground.
Carroll scored 11 goals in 20 games before his British record-breaking transfer to Liverpool in last-year’s January transfer window but his time in a red shirt has been less prolific – scoring only five goals in the same number of games.
Rumours were rife during this season’s January window that he was going to make a shock return to Newcastle, but Danny Simpson believes he will come good on Merseyside.
Speaking to the Northern Echo he said: “It’s been tough for him, but people forget he’s still young. He didn’t ask for that price tag, obviously Liverpool put that on him.
When you look at the strikers they’ve had over the years there’s a lot of pressure on him but I think he seems to have calmed down a lot and in the last few weeks he’s been playing well.
He had a good time here, led the line well and got his move, but he’s still got the quality, he’s still a threat and he’s still dangerous so we’re going to have to be aware of him.
“I don’t mind him playing well but I don’t want him to score and I don’t want any of them to score.
This weekend’s fixture also marks the return of left-back Jose Enrique who was sold to Liverpool for £5 million in the summer.
Simpson said: “Jose has done brilliantly. He’s gone there and hit the same form he had here. For me I’m surprised he hasn’t been called up for Spain.
To be fair, for a Spanish player he had good banter. It’ll be good fun playing against him…And hopefully I’ll get to kick him!”.