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Carroll in Liverpool's touring party

ESPN staff
July 16, 2012

Andy Carroll has been included in a 34-man squad for Liverpool's tour of North America.

The striker's future is the subject of fervent speculation, with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers admiting he would consider any offers that come in for the England international.

Italian giants AC Milan are said to be keeping tabs on the situation, while it has also been claimed West Ham and Carroll's former club Newcastle have been rebuffed with loan approaches.

There are claims that Liverpool are willing to sell the forward, but any move does not appear to be imminent as Rodgers has included Carroll in the squad that will fly out of John Lennon Airport on Monday.

Joe Cole also features in the 34 and he is desperate to make a positive impression on Rodgers and force his way back into Liverpool's plans.

Cole's Liverpool career looked over when he was farmed out on loan to Lille last term, but Rodgers has promised a clean slate and that is much to Cole's delight.

"The manager knows what I can do," Cole told the club's official website. "He's seen me in France and knows what I can do from Chelsea and England. Now is about getting fit, pushing myself every day and in the friendlies, and taking my chance.

"In the next two or three weeks, I just want to get myself fit, get two or three games out the way and then we'll see where we are. I'm happy I'm here, I'm playing football. I'm at a great club and I want to be part of it. I think we can do something good this year."

The Reds face Toronto FC on July 21, AS Roma at Fenway Park on July 25 and Tottenham in Baltimore on July 28.

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