The Daily Mirror revealed that Liverpool have paid Newcastle £30m up front as part of the deal to take Andy Carroll to Anfield. Newcastle will also receive a quarter of any future sell-on fee for the precocious target-man as part a deal which could net the Tynesiders £35m in total.
Kenny Dalglish is convinced that it will be money well spent. In a quite puzzling statement considering the off-field misdemeanours Carroll has gotten himself into, Dalglish believes that Carroll’s personality will help him to win over any sceptical Liverpool fans. “We’ve already seen Andy is a really good lad, really down to earth,” Dalglish said, perhaps showcasing his famously dry humour. “That is a value which I think is very important in this day and age, when punters cannot relate to the players and vice versa.”
Toffees eye Eccleston.
Everton are believed to be one of the clubs showing an interest in Liverpool-owned forward Nathan Eccleston following his scintillating performances on loan at Charlton. A goal against Hartlepool followed a Man of the Match display against Peterborough and it is quite clear that the 20-year-old is benefiting from regular first-team football.
The striker is thought to be well down the pecking order at Anfield and his performances are attracting interest from clubs that may be more interested in a permanent move. Everton and Hull City are thought to be particularly keen, liverpoolfc.tv reports.
Dalglish cautious with youth.
Kenny Dalglish insists he will be cautious with Liverpool’s academy talent, not wanting to burn the young players out too soon. Dalglish took five academy players as part of the Liverpool squad to Sparta Prague in midweek, but only one – Connor Coady – eventually made the substitutes bench. Raheem Stirling had been expected to make his Liverpool debut, becoming the youngest ever Liverpool player to play in European competition in the process, but Dalglish was reluctant to throw him into the team at such an early stage of his development.
“The most important thing is to be realistic,” Dalglish told Skysports.com. “They are a bit young to be pushed in but then if they were asked I’m sure they wouldn’t have let us down through lack of effort.”