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The 23-year-old Geordie has had a difficult time on Merseyside and after a public spat with manager Kenny Dalglish the Reds are reportedly keen to offload him

Andy Carroll is set to leave Liverpool after just 18 months with the club, according to the Sunday Mirror.

The £35 million man has scored just six times since his mega-money move from Newcastle United and endured a miserable return to his former side last weekend, storming down the tunnel after being substituted by boss Kenny Dalglish.

Carroll has been just one of several big-money signings to fail to live up to expectations for the Merseysiders this season, and a club insider has reportedly said Dalglish is losing patience with some of his squad.

“Kenny has gone out of his way to protect Carroll from criticism," the insider was quoted as saying.

"He’s straight with his staff, but many people here are concerned that players like Andy have not adapted to the Liverpool way."

Should Liverpool wish to move on 23-year-old Carroll, they might well have to be willing to make a hefty loss on the most expensive English player of all time, who arrived along with Luis Suarez in January of last year to replace Chelsea-bound Fernando Torres.

The Sunday Mirror report also suggests Carroll would be willing to make a move back to Tyneside, although his high wages and the prolific form of Newcastle pair Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba may make a return unlikely.

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