Is there any chance of Liverpool redemption for Andy Carroll?

Brendan Rodgers has made his feelings about Carroll's place in his Liverpool side clear in the past, has anything changed this season for the £35million striker?

There will be very few players around the Premier League with as uncertain a future as Andy Carroll at the moment, with the English striker heading into a summer that could see him end up at any number of clubs, either on loan again or through another multi-million pound deal.

Four goals in his last five games have given a timely reminder that when on form, Carroll is a fine goal scorer as well as a bulldozer of a striker able to hold up the ball for his teammates.

However he is still more or less the same player than Brendan Rodgers allowed to leave Anfield last summer due to his perceived incompatibility with the possession based style of football he wanted to introduce, and Carroll must be wondering what, if anything, he can do to change his manager's mind.

However whilst Carroll himself might not have been able to do much in this regard, Liverpool's mixed fortunes this season could see Rodgers keen to involve a different element in his squad next year. Although Liverpool have played some scintillating football this year, there have been plenty of frustrating games where, for all their possession, they have been unable to break sides down.

Having Carroll in the team would certainly widen their approach, and the striker might also take heart from the resurrection of Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson's careers at Anfield despite the pair also being deemed surplus to requirements at one stage.

There is also the matter of Luis Suarez's suspension, and indeed possible summer departure, to consider. Liverpool will need cover whilst he is banned at the start of next season, and might need to restructure their attack entirely if the Uruguayan leaves.

Of course Carroll could also leave this summer, with West Ham and Newcastle United both keen on the forward if Liverpool drop their reported £17million asking price, but Brendan Rodgers should consider his options regarding Carroll carefully.

Whilst the striker is not a natural fit for Liverpool's passing game, he is clearly a talented footballer and at 24, he still has time to develop. Rather than pushing him out of the club, Rodgers should try and integrate him into the squad, as Liverpool could benefit hugely from having an on form Andy Carroll in the ranks.

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