Brendan Rodgers has offered Andy Carroll the chance to establish himself as a squad player at Liverpool, according to The Mirror.
The England international was sent on loan to West Han United at the start of last season after his innocuous spell on Merseyside which saw him score just 11 goals in 58 appearances.
Liverpool acquired the burly forward from Newcastle United in January 2011 for a titanic £35m transfer fee, making him the most expensive English player to date.
It is believed that there is a clause in Carroll’s Upton Park deal, which allows the Hammers to secure his services permanently by paying £17m should the club retain their Premier League status.
However, according to some reports, West Ham are not prepared to pay that much for the striker as he has struggled to make the impact West Ham were hoping he would. Besides, Carroll’s spell at the club has also been marred by injuries.
And now, The Mirror are reporting that Rodgers is willing to make use of him next season, though there are no guarantees of a regular starting berth in the team.
Rodgers has always viewed Carroll’s playing style to be at odds with his philosophy. Nonetheless, the striker could be employed as an impact player and could come in handy in the manager’s contingency plans.
Though it is unlikely that clubs will be willing to entertain Liverpool’s £17m asking price for Carroll, his permanent exodus from Anfield could not be ruled out with Newcastle United expected to make another attempt in the summer to prize him back to St James' Park.
The 24-year-old’s future at Upton Park, though, could depend on his form in the season’s run-in.
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