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34-year-old now admits he never really wanted to join Liverpool back in 2011

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Andy Carroll has claimed that he never wanted to leave Newcastle United for Liverpool.

Carroll became the Reds record signing on deadline day of the 2011 January transfer window, signing for a £35m fee.

Despite hope that he could form a devastating partnership with Luis Suarez, who signed on the same day, it never really worked out for Carroll at Liverpool. And speaking to L’Equipe in France, the 34-year-old has now given a clue as to why – he didn’t really want to be at Anfield at all.

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“From the moment Liverpool made this incredible bid on deadline day, I found myself in a helicopter, without really understanding why,” says the former England striker.

“As I was injured, I remember hoping to fail my medical.”

There were some bright spots for Carroll though, and in fairness to him he does go on to admit that the move ended up being a net positive for him.

“This [joining Liverpool] helped me grow up by taking me out of my comfort zone,” he says. “Because I knew nothing about life and football, apart from Newcastle.”

Carroll admits Liverpool reluctancy

For those wondering why Carroll is speaking to L’Equipe of all outlets, the former Reds No.9 is now playing for Amiens, in the French second division.

Truly, it has pretty much all been downhill for Carroll ever since his move to Anfield 12 years ago.

There was a good six-year period at West Ham United following his exit from Liverpool just 18 months after he’d joined.

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But by and large, the big, ponytailed hitman could never recapture the form that convinced the Reds to spend big on him.

Judging by his comments here, it isn’t hard to see why Carroll failed at Liverpool. Of course, it must have been a wrench for him to leave Newcastle. But the chance to join the Reds was still a huge one for any player.

He had the chance to forge a partnership alongside one of the very best players of his generation in Suarez, but failed to take it.

Looking back, it would be interesting to hear if Carroll would do anything differently. For now though, we wish him all the best on his new venture in France. Once a Red, always a Red, that even goes for the reluctant ones.

 

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