Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he is keeping an open mind about the prospect of sending Andy Carroll out on loan this season.
The future of the £35million striker – who is 33/1 with bookmaker to be the top Premier League goalscorer in the 2012-13 season – appears uncertain after a difficult 18 months at Anfield.
Despite his problems, Carroll has recently been linked with a season-long loan switch to AC Milan and Rodgers says he hasn’t totally dismissed the idea of lending the England striker to another club.
“I’m not going to sit here and say I will never let anyone go on loan, then come in here in two weeks and a player’s gone, and you’re saying ‘you said you wouldn’t let them go’,” said the Reds boss.
“There are many things to going on loan. Is it going to be beneficial for the club, that’s the most important thing?
“Sometimes a player going out on loan – in general, not just Andy – can benefit the club in the long term.”
Rodgers went on to say he expected Liverpool to complete their first signing of the summer shortly, with Italian striker Fabio Borini tipped to join the club.