Andy Carroll's future at Liverpool seems increasingly uncertain despite the Reds rejecting a bid by former club Newcastle to take back the striker on loan.
The Magpies confirmed on Sunday that they had made an offer for the England international to go back to the north east, initially for a temporary spell.
Alan Pardew spoke of his admiration for Carroll last week, and it appears he would like the Gateshead-born forward to support Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse.
Whilst Liverpool are believed to have turned down Newcastle's offer, the Anfield club would be prepared to off-load Carroll if they received either a suitable bid or loan deal that has a commitment to buy at the end of 12 months.
Carroll is keen to fight for his place at Anfield and indicated over the weekend he would turn down any offers from potential suitors. But, after Reds boss Brendan Rodgers refused to give any assurances about the England frontman’s future, he may be forced to leave in a bid to secure regular first-team football.
Asked whether his physical, powerful approach would fit into the intricate passing style favoured by Rodgers, the newly appointed Liverpool boss explained: "He's no different to any player we have here.
"They might have all the attributes but not the mentality to play. It's a bit unfair for Andy to get labelled any other way. He's a good lad, so we will just see how the formation of the group shapes up over the next four or five weeks."
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