Liverpool have earmarked the visit of Manchester United on March 6, for Andy Carroll’s debut. The £35m deadline day signing from Newcastle has not appeared for the Merseyside giants so far due to a thigh injury, but returned to light training last Friday, sparking hopes that a return to first team football is not far away.
Jamie Carragher in particular is excited by the prospect of Carroll linking up with fellow new signing Luis Suarez. “I am really excited about seeing them together,” Carragher told the Daily Telegraph. “I was delighted we got them in and the club made a statement. Someone the size of Carroll and then Suarez running about him, it looks good.”
Carragher admits Liverpool worries.
Liverpool’s struggles of the previous 18 months have provided Jamie Carragher with the most troubling period of his career, the talismanic defender admitted to skysports.com. Failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and Rafa Benitez’s departure were compounded by Tom Hicks and George Gillett’s obstinacy when faced with the sale of the club last autumn to Fenway Sports Group and Roy Hodgson’s dismal tenure.
“Stevie (Gerrard) and I are involved so much emotionally, sometimes too much, and it affects your whole life, and the last 18 months have been really tough,” he said. “We’ve not been doing to well and the fans are your friends and your family and it takes its toll. So it’s great that the pressure has lessened off and people are talking about the top four.”
Hodgson felt unwanted.
New West Brom manager Roy Hodgson admitted that he never felt wanted on Merseyside and that the coldness of the fans towards him throughout his tenure led to his eventual dismissal, the Daily Mirror reports.
“I can’t for one minute suggest that I felt wanted at Liverpool,” he admitted. “The people who wanted me at Liverpool didn’t stay too long. The new owners at Liverpool found themselves in a difficult situation because we weren’t winning enough games.”
More problematic, however, was his relationship with the fans. “The fans made it perfectly clear they wanted me gone and somebody else in,” he said. “It is no secret that I wasn’t perceived by a lot of people as the manager they wanted at Liverpool. They wanted somebody else.”