It’s a grim reality because of his style of football, which doesn’t seem to fit in with the way Brendan Rodgers is gearing his team up to play over the next few years.
However, the ten match suspension which has just been handed out to Luis Suarez means Liverpool may have no choice because they need to try and eradicate the chance of another poor start next season.
One of the reasons Liverpool are in their current position is because they struggled through the early part of the season, losing matches and becoming heavily reliant on Suarez carrying the attack of the team.
If they don’t want that to happen again then they have two choices; they can try and use Carroll in the side or they can go out and blow part of their budget on getting some cover in.
The latter of those two options is the least desirable for the club because it takes funds away from Rodgers and reduces the chance that he’ll be able to go after his first choice targets in the summer.
The first of the options is still not ideal because there have been plenty of rumours all pointing to the fact that Liverpool want to get rid of Carroll as quickly as possible in a cut price deal.
The message that sounds out to him will make him barely compelled to go all out for a club, that will probably leave him on the bench again as soon as Suarez is free from his mega suspension.
The other option Liverpool have is to show a little bit of faith to Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini and protect those two key attacking players throughout the pre-season.
Both strikers are very ambitious young men who will feel as though they have a lot more to give Liverpool and it’s not impossible that they could fire Liverpool to a good start next season.
However, that is a huge risk because if either player picks up an injury, Liverpool could quickly find themselves in the same position they were at the start of this current campaign; with one striker carrying the attack in all competitions.
In a way Carroll now has a little bit of power because he’s value to Liverpool has increased through Suarez’s suspension.
It’s just a case of how much of a risk Rodgers is going to take because Borini’s return from injury has just saved them a little bit of cash, which is not something Liverpool have masses of at the moment.
Should Liverpool go out and buy, use Carroll or support Sturridge and Borini?
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