Newcastle loan offer for Carroll dismissed by Liverpool boss Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has described Newcastle’s loan offer for striker Andy Carroll as “ridiculous”, insisting the club could only consider a permanent move for the England international, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Rodgers had appeared to suggest Carroll could be available on loan, sparking off a storm of interest, but the Reds boss has since altered his stance. Newcastle have had one loan offer rejected and despite rumours of a second attempt being imminent, Rodgers has moved to end speculation Liverpool would be open to a temporary deal.

If there was an offer to take him on a permanent deal, we’d have to look at it, but that’s no different to any player,” Rodgers said, adding: “The thought of him going on loan for one year is ridiculous, really.

Carroll moved to Liverpool from Newcastle in January 2011 for a £35m fee, and Rodgers also pointed to the high price paid for the player as a reason why the club could not countenance a loan.

Rodgers also professed his admiration for the player and revealed he was looking forward to Carroll joining the club’s tour of the United States next week. Rodgers added that he has spoken with Carroll and the pair will have further discussions when Carroll is back with the Liverpool squad.

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