Filed: Sunday, 2nd September 2012
By: Staff Writer
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists that he has the option to recall Andy Carroll from his loan spell at West Ham halfway through the season, should he so desire.
Liverpool, who were beaten 2-0 at home by Arsenal this afternoon - a defeat that leaves the Merseysiders one place off the bottom of the Premier League and five points adrift of the Hammers - allowed the England striker to move to Upton Park on loan last week.
It was thought at the time that Carroll would spend the entire campaign at the Boleyn Ground after West Ham claimed that a season-long loan spell had been agreed.
"The 23-year-old has moved from Liverpool for the remainder of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League campaign, with the Hammers having the option to complete a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee next summer," read an item on whufc.com last Thursday.
However that is NOT the case according to the Liverpool manager, who told the BBC's Conor McNamara after today's defeat by the Gunners that the terms of the loan agreement mean he can take the striker back to Anfield in January.
"Rodgers tells me he has option of recalling Andy Carroll in January," said McNamara via Twitter this afternoon. "He only let him go, because he thought another forward was coming in."
Carroll was involved in two of West Ham's three goals yesterday as they beat Fulham 3-0 at the Boleyn Ground. However he was forced to retire injured on the hour mark after sustaining a hamstring injury.
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03:12PM 11th Sep 2012
''Its clear Rodgers doesnt want him at the club. Why instead of recalling him spend some money on a forward he would actually play and who would play for him because if i was Andy Carrol I wouldnt play under someone who didn't want me!''
01:31PM 3rd Sep 2012
''So Liverpool let West Ham pay his wages whilst he's injured, then recall him when he's better? Clever...''
by Dillon (LFC)
09:33AM 3rd Sep 2012
''It would be a bit cruel to West Ham to be fair, but we need Carroll back. We let him go and in his first game he's involved in two of West Ham's goals and gets man of the match! I don't get why so many think Rodgers needs time. I can see already, just by what he's spent our money on, that we're going to fail. Hope I'm wrong.''
11:31PM 2nd Sep 2012
''A Season long deal is what it says ...isn't it?''
11:21PM 2nd Sep 2012
''Brendan Rogers. What a pathetic man. Got all the praise for what Roberto Martinez did at Swansea. Goes to Liverpool and buggers it up and regrets the poor decisions he made, treats his £35million striker like sh*te......like a piece of meat. Crawl back under the hole you crawled out from under you twit!''
08:00PM 2nd Sep 2012
''We could be close to 'safe' by January - then if recalled we can save the 80k/wk till the end of the season towards the buy clause.''
05:45PM 2nd Sep 2012
''This would seem about right. Rodgers is starting to panic. I hope the 'Pool don't go back on there word, there again would Carroll want to play for them after what they done to him?''
04:13PM 2nd Sep 2012
''I thought we paid £1million for the season?''
04:07PM 2nd Sep 2012
''If this is true then we have been misled. I cannot imagine our owners would have taken him and paid a £1m loan fee AND 80k-a-week on those terms. If it is NOT true then Rodgers can watch out for a huge backlash fom the co-owners here at West Ham.''
03:59PM 2nd Sep 2012
''When something sounds too good to be true it normally is.''
03:53PM 2nd Sep 2012
''As per all season loans there is the option to bring the player back in January, this is league rules. Not canny business by Rodgers.''
03:43PM 2nd Sep 2012
''I cannot believe that for one minute and Rodgers has already shown himself to be a bit of an idiot in letting him go in the first place. I could not for the life of me believe our chairmen would allow such terms to exist; oh yeah we'll give him some game time, get him up to speed for you to benefit come January. No chance, so should be interesting if he tries to enact what he believes exists and we refuse.''
03:30PM 2nd Sep 2012
''We await the response...''