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Saturday, 13 October 2012

Tommy Smith: Liverpool FC should be prepared to swallow pride - bring back Andy Carroll

WE all knew it would happen, didn’t we? He might not have had a blistering start to his Liverpool FC career, but Fabio Borini is one of only two recognised strikers on the books at Anfield and he goes and gets badly injured. That leaves just Luis Suarez and while, despite all the controversy, he is one hell of a player, we are now woefully short of striking options. That’s why I would have no hesitation in telling Andy Carroll he can return to Anfield in January. I know Brendan Rodgers is not a fan of the big fella and you can understand why given his philosophy. He virtually said as much after the Stoke game when asked about him and insisted he did not like desperation tactics, even in the last few minutes of a game. But our problem is that beggars simply can’t be choosers. We left ourselves in a right mess after the summer transfer window and now we are paying the price. For me, Carroll is better on the deck than many people give him credit for. He’s got a powerful shot and his physique means he could help take some of the burden off the shoulders of Suarez. I’m convinced that had he been out there last week against Stoke we might have got the three points. He’d have been a muscular match for their alehouse defenders and a real option when it was clear we were struggling for a breakthrough. If the boss doesn’t fancy him longer term, then fine. He’ll sell him for good in the summer. But unless we buy two back up strikers after New Year we could be in real trouble. The only other hope is that we can find someone from the reserves. It’s great to see the likes of Sterling, Wisdom and Suso breaking through but what would we give now for a goal-getting young striker to follow them? If we can’t buy or find the reinforcements we should be prepared to swallow our pride and welcome Andy Carroll back to do a job for the rest of the season. Liverpool Echo Oct 13 2012

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