Andy Carroll's future as a Liverpool player remains uncertain after the club's chairman, Tom Werner, was unable to give assurances that the England striker will stay at Anfield.

The 23-year-old became the Reds' record signing when he signed from Newcastle for £35 million last year but, it would appear, does not fit in the plans of new manager Brendan Rodgers.

Carroll has been linked with former club Newcastle and Premier League newcomers West Ham, both of whom are interested in taking the towering forward on loan.

Liverpool, however, will reportedly only entertain a permanent deal which will allow them to recoup a significant portion of the fee paid to initially acquire Carroll.

Werner, meanwhile, has fuelled further speculation that Carroll is for sale this summer, and says he trusts Rodgers to make the right decision regarding his future.

"The only thing I can say is we will do what's best for the club," Werner told Sky Sports News.

"At the moment, Andy is on the squad. He was an important member of the English team, he's got a lot of talent and we'll see what happens there.

"Brendan is clearly the leader here and hopefully the question will be answered shortly but at the moment Andy is on the team and we're looking forward to his contributions."

Carroll has scored only 11 times in 56 games during 18 months as a Liverpool player.

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