Maybe nowhere more so that at Anfield where Brendan Rodgers could already be at melting point, judged by the venom he is sending Newcastle’s way when he spoke to The Telegraph;
“There is no way they will do a number on us.
Absolutely no chance – and certainly not Newcastle. Newcastle got £35million for this player last year. To even consider wanting to take him on loan is a liberty. There is nothing more on it for me.
I need a minimum of three strikers. Once the window shuts, that is it until January. I have got Luis Suarez, Fabio Borini and Andy Carroll. I would need to be a nutcase to even consider at this moment to let Andy Carroll go out, unless there are other solutions for that.
At the moment there isn’t. Andy has been working well. He knows the situation, like the rest of the group do, and we will take it from there. It is all speculation. We have got a very small squad as it is. We have lost a lot of players this summer and I have not replaced them, as of yet”.
What the Liverpool manager makes clear to me is that Newcastle have certainly tried to take Carroll on a loan deal but definitely not offered a permanent deal, as yet.
What he also definitely says, at least to me, is that he quite clearly is desperate to sign more players but wants/needs to sell Carroll to help fund those deals.
There is a deal to be done, a club that doesn’t want him and a manager in Alan Pardew who wants to recruit him.
As we are constantly told every player had a price and the question is what is Andy Carroll’s and more importantly, is Mike Ashley willing to pay it?
The following five matches have already been confirmed as televised live, with no doubt many more to follow.
Chelsea (A) – Saturday, 25th August but also moved to a 5.30pm kick-off (ESPN)
Everton (A) – Monday 17th September 8pm (was Sat 15th Sept) (SKY)
Manchester United (H) – Sunday 7th October 4pm (was Sat 6th Oct) (SKY)
Mackems (A) – Sunday 21st October 1.30pm (was Sat 20th Oct) (SKY)
Liverpool (A) – Sunday 4th November 4pm (was Sat 3rd Nov) (SKY)