Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he allowed striker Andy Carroll to leave the club for West Ham United in order to get the best out of Luis Suarez, Sky
Carroll and Suarez were both brought to Anfield by Rodgers’ predecessor, Kenny Dalglish, in January 2011. However, they struggled to forge a successful strike partnership, with Carroll – Liverpool’s record signing – in particular finding goals hard to come by.
In the early weeks of last season, two months into Rodgers’ tenure, Carroll was loaned out to West Ham United, for whom he scored seven Premier League goals. Without Carroll alongside him, Suarez was in excellent form last season, scoring 28 goals in all competitions.
In the summer, Carroll’s move to Upton Park was made permanent, and Rodgers has revealed that his departure was sanctioned in order to benefit Suarez. He said: “I just felt it wouldn’t benefit Luis because when you play with a big target man, it is hard not to make him your focal point, so everything has to be set around the big guy. Sometimes you get sucked into doing it more direct and clearly, with my history as a coach I don’t work that way.
“You look at the goals that Luis has scored in my time, there has not been too many that have been too many that have been whipped-in-crosses, which to be fair, big Andy was brilliant at. What we try to do here is create the environment for the elite player – and Luis is an elite player.
“We have created an environment for all our players, but obviously for him I had to make a call last year by letting Andy Carroll go out on loan. That created a situation where we could get the benefit of Luis’ talent, but he still had to perform, and he has done that tremendously well.”
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