Liverpool dismiss Carroll loan talk

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists striker Andy Carroll will not be leaving the club on loan this summer.

The England international has been heavily linked with a short-term move away from Anfield during the transfer window, with West Ham United and Newcastle both heavily linked with moves.

However, the Northern Irishman insists it would be illogical to allow the former Toon star to leave on a temporary basis, having only moved to Merseyside last January for £35 million.

“There has been a lot of unfair criticism of Andy, there has been a lot of speculation in the press in terms of not being able to fit into my style of play. I think that's unfair,” Rodgers told SkySports News.

"If a club spends £35m on a player, you would expect that player to be able to fit into whatever style a manager will bring in. There is talk of him going on loan, but there is absolutely no way I would be looking to loan a player like that, especially after the investment the club have paid.

“If an offer comes in for any player at the club we would either look at it, or dismiss it, and Andy's no different to that."

Press reports have previously claimed that an offer in the region of £20 million might be enough to land Carroll permanently, but the former Swansea City boss did not discuss specific figures in the interview.

He did go on to discuss the club’s Champions League ambitions however, insisting that the Reds must be aiming for a return to Europe’s elite club competition immediately.

Rodgers also played down suggestions that playing in the Europa League was affecting his ability to bring in top players during the transfer window, insisting the history and tradition of Liverpool was a big lure for most players.

"We are a top club, that doesn't change. Liverpool is still synonymous around the world; it is a club that has great history. Players will want that challenge to come and play for Liverpool and see if they can get the club into that position," he added.

"I don't think the attraction of playing for Liverpool has deteriorated, but players want to play at the highest level and it's our job as a football club to try and challenge and to get players here that want to accept that challenge and can arrive back at that level."

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