Andy Carroll could still have a future at Liverpool if he is prepared to start next season as a squad player behind Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order.
The Daily Mirror report that manager Brendon Rodgers will have talks with Carroll at the end of the season. He will tell the big striker that he is likely to use him as an impact sub.
Carroll scored twice as West Ham beat West Brom at the weekend. His second was a particularly eye catching and well taken volley. However, he has only scored five goals in 17 games and the Mirror report that he hasn’t done enough to convince West Ham to bring him to East London permanently.
He is too expensive for West Ham
Rodgers had hoped to sell the England striker to raise funds to continue his rebuilding work. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce had said that he would like to sign the 24-year-old.
However, with Carroll’s injury record and lack of consistency it is unlikely he will be going anywhere unless Liverpool significantly reduce their £18m asking price.
Compromise could see Carroll develop
Rodgers looks like having no choice but to reach a compromise with Carroll, who joined the club for £35m two and a half years ago.
He will tell Carroll to show a good attitude and not to sulk if he is not playing every week. He will also expect him to undergo specialised training to enable him to fit the style of play that Rodgers is introducing.
If Carroll can accept those terms he will be given an initial role as an impact sub and may go on to have a bright future at Anfield.