|Desc||As Liverpool’s second most expensive signing (£35 million), Andy Carroll arrived in January 2011 to fill the goal scoring hole left by the departed Fernando Torres. The English target man, who was injured until March, only broke his duck against Manchester City with a brace. While he was brought in at the same time as Suarez, Carroll had none of the Uruguayan’s impact – failing to fit into manager Kenny Dalglish and subsequently Brendan Rodgers style of play. With just eleven strikes in 58 appearances, the former Newcastle man left for West Ham in 2012. The club only managed to recuperate £17 million for the Geordie flop|
|Org||England National Team|
|Club as Player||West Ham United|
2019 02 04 Retrieve
[From ‘crock’ Carroll to super Salah - look how far Liverpool have come] I honestly don’t know what I’ve done in my life to get the sh*t I get. That is the old me, I have regrets looking back
2019 02 04b Retrieve
[Rodgers, he said, gave him mixed messages, telling him one minute that he was part of his plans, then offering him the chance to leave] I lost respect for him
2019 08 19 Retrieve
[Carroll says I could only name two Liverpool players when I joined from Newcastle in 2011 ] When I was here [Newcastle], I’d go home, mess about with my mates, play football, go out, whatever, but I’d never watch football, I never knew any players.
I’d come in on the Friday or wake up on the Saturday morning saying, ‘who are we playing?’ It was just completely oblivious to all the football that was going on. I would work at the training ground and knew my tactics, but until we had a meeting I didn’t know who we were playing, unless I asked someone.
When I was in the helicopter down to Liverpool, I was like, ‘I know Stevie G[errard], I know [Jamie] Carragher. Who else?’ My agent at the time had to tell me, and I would get it on Google and find out the team.
So that’s actually a true story. It’s bad because it’s Liverpool players, but it’s not disrespectful – I just literally didn’t watch football, so I didn’t know
[Having represented West Ham since joining initially on loan in 2012, Carroll is now back where it all began, and he says is better for his mistakes] I wasn’t ready [for the Liverpool move] at all. But things happen like that. I went down there and it was like a whirlwind.
I was happy, just about to sign a new deal, and the next day I was gone. I’d just bought a house and, believe it or not, I’d just got a cat. It was in the house, and I never went back to the house – I left in the helicopter and my brother had to have the cat.
I do have a daft side to me, a silly side to me, which will never ever go, and I don’t want it to, you know? I’m still a child at heart. But I’ve grown up massively. I’ve realised my mistakes in the past, and realised what I want to be, and what I am.
I was stupid, I was young, and I was carried away with the lifestyle that I had. Now it’s completely different. I’m actually a dad, I’ve grown up, and got responsibilities, so… I’ve got a purpose
2019 08 20 Retrieve
[Newcastle striker Andy Carroll has hit out at media ‘lies’ which he feels gave him a bad reputation, and insists he is doing his utmost to get back to full fitness] I used to years ago, and then there was so much press, bad press, and I just was like, ‘I can’t even be bothered with it’, because most of it is lies.
There was one (story), I think it was last season, that I got injured trying to climb over a balcony drunk on pre-season with West Ham, and I fell off the balcony and got injured. In the paper! I’m like, what am I even reading this for? It’s a load of ***.
I won a game of table tennis, jumped on the table, landed, smashed the table and rolled my ankle and I’m injured. What? So I just stopped reading everything.
It’s not my fault. I don’t want to be sitting in the gym by myself doing rehab. I want to be outside doing what I love to do, playing football and being with the lads. I’ve been out of it for so long, and I don’t want to be like that.
People think you’re getting paid so it doesn’t matter. No – that’s not the case. I haven’t come into this job to get paid. Yeah, it pays well, but I’ve come into it because I love it – there’s a difference.
I don’t love being in the gym. Everyone that knows me knows I hate the gym, it’s the worst thing ever. I want to be outside. I’m working my bllocks off to get fit and I was working my b*llocks off when I was injured as well. It’s non-stop
I’d be getting phone calls in London saying, ‘you’re out, and you’re drinking this’. No – I’m in a restaurant with my family. ‘Well you’ve been spotted’. Yeah, I’ve been spotted in there because it’s a restaurant! ‘Yeah, but they sell alcohol, so you must have been drinking’. No – I’m with the kids!
People just jump on it, thinking ‘oh, Andy’s in the pub’. Yesterday, I went for food with my mate and got a pint of lemonade. I was sitting there and I could see people taking pictures. Because it’s a pint glass, I start getting paranoid with it. I’m drinking lemonade!
I was just like, ‘really? Do you need to come over and say that?’ I’m actually talking there nicely, and then he comes over and says that. I’m sat there with my kids. It really annoyed me
2019 12 21 Retrieve
[Carroll wanted to fail medical in £35m Liverpool move after buying house and cat in Newcastle] Do you know what. I was injured at the time, and all I’m thinking is, ‘Please, just fail the medical’. The minute I got on that helicopter I wanted to come back. I knew it had to happen. Whatever age, I needed to walk back on that pitch and play for Newcastle again. I remember leaving here (Newcastle’s training ground) in Kevin Nolan’s car because loads of people were outside. We went to his house and watched it on TV. I was like, ‘I’m not going’. I’d just bought a house, and a cat the day before! But then I was told, ‘You’re going’, and that was that. Listen, I would have rather stayed at the time and all the way to the helicopter I’m thinking, ‘What is happening? What am I doing?’. But looking back, and how it shaped me as a player and a person, I would honestly still do it. I probably needed to get out of the city to grow up
[Carroll intends to deliver on that remit, saying of his future] I’m only 30, let’s do another interview in five years’ time. I’ll still be playing here, that’s what drives me. This isn’t a one-year thing, I want a new deal