Luis Suarez explains why £35 million signing didn't fit in under Brendan Rodgers

Andy Carroll Warms Up

Luis Suarez has opened up about ex-Liverpool striker Andy Carroll in his new autobiography.

Luis Suarez has revealed why West Ham United striker Andy Carroll never really fitted into Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side.

In his autobiography, which is being serialised by the Guardian, the new Barcelona striker defends his old Liverpool teammate by claiming his technical ability was underrated, but added that Carroll style was never suited to Rodgers' 'pass and move' philosophy.

The Uruguayan wrote: "I need the ball on the floor and Brendan knew that. Rodgers knew if he put me in as a static No 9, waiting for wingers to put in crosses, I'd be no good.

"Given the type of game Andy offered, it was natural Brendan didn't include him in his plans. Andy is tall, strong and good in the air.

"But I think people were wrong about him: he was also technically very good indeed. He can strike a ball very cleanly and with so much power.

"Yet for a short, passing game in which you are looking to release people into space, he doesn't fit."

When Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish signed sold Fernando Torres and signed Andy Carroll in January 2011, many hoped that the Englishman alongside Suarez would form a deadly partnership that would lead the Reds' attack for seasons to come.

It took more than a month after he signed for Carroll to eventually made his debut as a substitute in the 3-1 win over Manchester United. He didn't open his Liverpool account until his fifth game, bagging two in a 3-0 win over Manchester City.

The powerhouse striker failed to kick-on though and didn't score again that season. The following campaign he only scored four league goals in 35 appearances, a dismal return for a £35 million striker.

Carroll's best Liverpool moment was arguably the 2012 FA Cup semi-final winner he scored in the 2-1 win over local rivals Everton, a goal that Jamie Carragher claimed was "worth £35 million in itself".

Dalglish's successor didn't think so though, and three months after Brendan Rodgers took charge, Carroll was sold in a cut-price £15 million deal to West Ham, where he has also struggled to find consistency.

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