Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has backed Andy Carroll to look after himself both on and off the pitch following comments made by England manager Fabio Capello, The Liverpool Daily Post reports.
Capello had earlier told Carroll to cut out any boozing and get himself in better shape if he wants a fair chance with England. The January signing from Newcastle had been spotted at Glastonbury drinking and spent the summer away on holiday in Ibiza.
Lawrenson has had his say on the Carroll issue and believes that not only will the 22 year old look after himself, but the Reds will make sure he is in the right physical shape to optimise his chances of playing regularly for his country.
The former Liverpool defender said: ‘I think what Capello was trying to send out was a reassuring message that if Carroll keeps his fitness levels high, then he won’t have a problem. He has to look after himself and Liverpool will look after him in that respect’.
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Thompson feeling confident.
Former Liverpool assistant manager Phil Thompson has declared that something big is happening at Anfield following an impressive summer, liverpoolfc.tv reports.
Seven summer signings have arrived and Reds manager Kenny Dalglish has had a thorough clearout of those fringe players at Liverpool. Thompson has been delighted with how the club has worked in the transfer market and is ready for the future to be bright at Anfield.
Thompson said: ‘I like the way the transfer business has been done. A lot of business has been conducted without too much interference. It’s been done in a very Liverpool-like way and I’m extremely pleased. You have to take your hats off to Fenway Sports Group as well who have dug deep. Over the last couple of years, the strength in depth hasn’t been there.
‘You need a good squad to get you through a season and our squad has now been strengthened with different qualities of player. We now have a fantastic squad to worry most teams’, Thompson said.
NextGen Series latest.
Liverpool’s next two home games in the NextGen Series will take place at Anfield, liverpoolfc.tv has confirmed.
The Liverpool Under 19s will take on German side Wolfsburg and Norwegian club Molde in the Champions League-like competition, which is being identified to nurture the growing talent across European football club academies.
Rodolfo Borrell’s side started their campaign poorly by losing 3-0 to Sporting Lisbon at Anfield. They will be looking to bounce back and they have the quality with Liverpool Reserves captain Conor Coady expected to lead a side including promising strikers Nathan Eccleston and Raheem Sterling.