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Rodgers: I am only one who will decide Carroll's future

ESPN staff
July 26, 2012

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted he will make the final decision over whether or not Andy Carroll is sold this summer.

Rodgers, who moved to Anfield from Swansea City earlier in the off-season, has had to field regular questions about Carroll ever since he strongly hinted that the £35 million striker was not a part of his plans and would be made available for transfer.

Former club Newcastle have been linked with a return bid, although so far no firm transfer interest has been forthcoming, and Rodgers has reiterated that he will evaluate any bid on its merits and decide whether it is in the club's best interests to sell.

The Northern Irishman acknowledged that he does not know Carroll well as either a player or a character, and will learn more about him and whether he can fit into his tactical plans during the club's current tour of the United States.

"I don't know Andy as a person," Rodgers said. "He is here to get fit.

"Whatever comes in for any player I will always listen but ultimately I will decide the way I want to shape the group and, whether that is Andy or any other player, I will have the freedom to shape the group."

Rodgers' Liverpool played Roma in a friendly at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, ultimately losing 2-1.

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