Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers, has rubbished claims that the club would allow record-signing, Andy Carroll, to leave on loan.
Newcastle United made a move for their former striker earlier this week, leading to suggestions that Liverpool were ready to part with the England international. The Magpies are expected to make an improved offer for the 23-year-old.
However, the new Reds manager is keen to give Carroll the opportunity to make his mark at Anfield.
“To consider a loan period for someone the club spent £35million on isn’t something we’re looking to do at this moment in time,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s official website.
“The club invested £35m in him. People talk about whether he can fit into my style or not, but if you’re a club and you spend £35m on a player you’d like to think he can fit into whatever style the team plays.
“He’s a good player. He’ll join the rest of the group next week and we’ll take it from there.”
Carroll made the switch from Tyneside to Merseyside in January 2011, but struggled to contribute to live scores, leading some to question whether his purchase had been worthwhile.
The Gateshead-born star did find some form, towards the end of last season, and earned a place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad. He has scored 11 goals in 56 appearances for the Reds.
Meanwhile, Rodgers has confirmed his interest in Fulham’s Clint Dempsey, though he has denied making a bid for the American star. “Clint is a player we’ve enquired about, it is as simple as that,” he said.
The former Swansea City boss signed striker, Fabio Borini, from Roma, last week, and is on the lookout for players to improve a squad which disappointed in the Premier League last term.
Liverpool are 28/1 to win the league in the odds betting on Bet365, behind Carroll’s former club, Newcastle.