Andy Carroll has taken a subtle dig at Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Twitter.
The West Ham striker, who spent two unhappy years at Anfield following his £35 million move from Newcastle United in 2011, was asked to give his prediction for Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
Speculation is rife that Rodgers could be sacked if Everton win the match - with the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti and Frank de Boer all reportedly in the frame to replace the under-fire Northern Irish coach - but Carroll believes Liverpool fans will be left smiling regardless of which team takes the points.
“.. @Tea_Beer_LFC,” the 26-year-old replied, “It's a win win situation for Liverpool!! 🔴👍”
Carroll’s controversial response has received over 2000 retweets, and over 1500 favourites, with many Liverpool fans amused by the tweet.
Benteke to flop like Carroll?
The England international was signed by Kenny Dalglish in January 2011, after Liverpool agreed to sell Fernando Torres to Chelsea, but found himself surplus to requirements following Rodgers’ arrival in the summer of 2012.
Carroll was subsequently loaned to West Ham, before signing for the Hammers on a permanent deal in May 2013, with Liverpool agreeing to take a £20 million hit on the powerful forward.
What’s interesting is that Rodgers agreed to shell out £32.5 million on Belgium international Christian Benteke earlier this summer.
Benteke is, in many ways, a similar striker to Carroll - and with Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge both performing well for the Reds of late, the former Aston Villa far could end up encountering similar problems during his stay at Anfield.
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