Liverpool boss Rodgers criticises Newcastle pursuit of Carroll

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has criticised Newcastle United for their pursuit of Andy Carroll, the ex-Magpies striker who has been linked with a return to his former club. Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s Europa League tie with Hearts on Thursday, the BBC has reported that Rodgers also dismissed Newcastle’s approach.

Newcastle had offered to take Carroll on loan with a permanent £12m move following next summer, but Rodgers said: “To even consider wanting to take him on loan is a liberty. Absolutely no chance – and certainly not Newcastle. Newcastle got £35m for this player last year.

Rodgers added that he would have to be mad to consider letting Carroll leave so late in the transfer window, stressing that he wants three strikers at the club – Carroll, Luis Suarez and new signing Fabio Borini, bought from Roma this summer.

Carroll is a fitness doubt for Liverpool’s latest European fixture, but the BBC adds that Rodgers wants Carroll to play if he is fit in an effort to get more games under his belt. Liverpool have not included Suarez in their squad for the trip to Scotland, while Steven Gerrard, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson have all also been rested.

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