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Writing on the wall for Anfield flop Carroll

After Brendan Rodgers' press conference on Monday, TEAMtalk's Matty Briggs thinks Liverpool striker Andy Carroll's time is up at Anfield.

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It certainly looks as though the writing is on the wall for Carroll at Anfield.

Rodgers fielded questions about the striker's future on Monday, but rather than batting off the rumours, the Reds boss just added fuel to the fire.

I was expecting a firm rebuttal from Rodgers, but he rather skirted around talk of a rumoured loan move to AC Milan and refused to confirm to the press pack that Carroll was part of the 'new' Liverpool.

"He knows exactly where he stands," were the words the Liverpool boss used to describe Carroll's situation after speaking to him on his holidays.

Hardly a ringing endorsement for the player that arrived for megabucks from Newcastle in January 2011. And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that Rodgers has already figured out that Carroll is not his cup of tea.

On the back of his Euro 2012 displays it comes as a surprise, because Carroll was one of the few bright sparks for Roy Hodgson's rigid England. But, with Fabio Borini waiting in the wings at Anfield and the way that Rodgers set up his Swansea side - with just one lone striker - then surely we should have seen it coming?

Danny Graham was the lone ranger for Rodgers' Swans, but with Borini almost a done deal and Luis Suarez already on the books, it looks as though it will be one from two with Rodgers looking to pack his midfield.

Both Suarez and Borini have a mobility that Carroll cannot match, and the days of the targetman at Anfield look to be over.

But just what Rodgers will do with Carroll will be the difficult decision.

I just cannot see him wanting to keep Carroll as a fringe player, but can he risk loaning out a player who Liverpool invested £35million in?

That might well be his best option in the hope that Carroll's stock can rise and with it his sell-on value.

Otherwise, Rodgers and the board will have to decide whether to take a huge hit and allow the Geordie to move on for a fraction of the fee paid to Newcastle.

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