Brendan Rodgers has revealed Andy Carroll may yet have a long-term future with Liverpool.
The England striker has prospered while on loan at West Ham this season with Saturday’s equaliser at Southampton, a goal that moved Sam Allardyce’s side closer to safety, representing his fifth in his last seven games.
Carroll, who was signed by Kenny Dalglish for a British record fee of £35 million [€41m] in January 2010, became the highest profile casualty of Rodgers’ revolution at the start of the season, but his recent goalscoring exploits appear to have brought about a change in the former Swansea manager’s stance.
“It’s a case of reviewing the objectives,” Rodgers, whose side drew blank for the second match in succession at Reading on Saturday, told Sky Sports.
“This season was all about getting Andy playing games. When I came in in the summer he’d had a frustrating time up until that point because he wanted to play.
“I couldn’t guarantee he was going to play every game especially with Luis and the type of player we were trying to work with.
“But there’s absolutely no doubt that come the end of the season we’ll sit down and talk because he’s obviously a player for Liverpool and one that can contribute to what we’re trying to do.
“Andy is the type of player where there’s a certain style that will suit him when you think of his game and his goals; he’s got three from set-pieces, one from a penalty and one from a cross.
“There’s no doubt he can get goals it’s just about the style that can utilise his strengths and qualities. But there’s no doubt he’s a player who can contribute.
“Like I said, he and I will speak at the end of the season and then we’ll take it from there.”