Andy Carroll must be feeling a little unloved at the moment; his fall from grace since joining Liverpool has been alarming, but the rejection he is suffering at the moment can only be damaging.
Alan Shearer took to The Sun to urge the England international to move back to Tyneside and his former club Newcastle United, and that may not be such a bad idea.
The Anfield club has had serious problems over the past two seasons and new manager Brendan Rodgers was appointed with the task of rebuilding the club.
The former Swansea City manager made his name in Wales by getting his side to play a committed short-passing game and it now appears as though he does not see Carroll as compatible with his style.
Leaving Liverpool hasn’t been the worst decision for a number of players over the past couple of seasons and the 23-year-old may be best served starting again at another club.
One example of this would be the transfers of Raul Meireles on the final day of the summer transfer window last season and Fernando Torres in January of that year, both to Chelsea.
Torres has not been able to hit anything like the heights he is capable of, and has done at Liverpool, but his season ended with him receiving a Champions League medal after already having collected one for their FA Cup final victory over the Reds.
Meireles has fared a little better, making himself more of a regular starter in both Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto di Matteo’s sides.
Roman Abramovich has been busy adding further recruits to his Stamford Bridge squad this summer and it is hard to imagine them finishing as low as sixth in the Premier League this time around.
Javier Mascherano departed to Barcelona in the summer of 2010 and has since gone on to be part of a side that was regularly labelled the best ever.
The Argentinean has won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Club and Champions League – not a bad return for a little under two years.
Mascherano’s midfield partner at Anfield, Xabi Alonso, left Merseyside a year earlier to join Barcelona’s main rivals in Spain, Real Madrid.
Alonso’s first season at Liverpool coincided with their incredible Champions League final comeback against AC Milan, but the following years failed to bring anything like that level of success.
The 30-year-old was always praised by commentators for his acute passing ability, but Liverpool under Rafael Benitez failed to turn obvious talent into trophies.
Alonso’s move to Real was said to have been preceded by a breakdown in the relationship between him and Benitez.
After a modest beginning to his career at Santiago Bernabeu, the arrival of Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo saw the team get closer and closer to such a brilliant Barcelona side.
Real finally overcame their rivals in last year’s Copa del Rey final to win his first trophy at the club, but last season saw them seal their biggest achievement when they wrestled the Spanish title away from Pep Guardiola’s side.
Alvaro Arbeloa followed to Alonso to Real for what was thought to be a modest fee and has since made himself first choice at right back there, as well as in the all-conquering Spanish national side.
These examples indicate a serious decline has taken place at the club in the past few seasons, which could have a serious effect on the club being able to sign the calibre of players to return them to past glories.
Andy Carroll is unwanted at Anfield, but a mooted move to Newcastle United could not be convincingly argued as a step down after they finished three places and 13 points above Liverpool.
Mike Ashley has survived relegation and serious fan discontent to turn the Toon into a well-run club that plays quality football, so a return there for Carroll isn’t necessarily accepting a role at a lesser club.
Arsenal have suffered similarly in recent times; neither club can convincingly tell their most talented players that staying put gives them the best chance of finding success.
Both have become a stepping stone and those who leave now tend to win trophes.
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