BALTIMORE -- Despite reports stating otherwise, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is happy with Andy Carroll and admits that he is not looking to push the England international away from the club.
"When you see him today, he's happy to be here and he's worked very well since he's been here," Rogers said after his club played to a 0-0 draw with Tottenham at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday. "There's been a lot of stuff written about him and perceived comments but he's still a Liverpool player."
Carroll has struggled since joining the Reds during the 2011 January transfer window, scoring only seven times in 42 appearances with the club after tallying 11 goals in 19 games for Newcastle the same season.
However, he had shown his potential in several matches down the stretch for Liverpool and the England national team. And despite an overwhelming feeling that Carroll doesn't fit his new manager's possession style of play, Rodgers has faith in the young forward.
"He can fit into how I want to play and he's happy here," Rodgers explained. "So for him and other players, if anything comes in as a football club we'll consider it but I'm certainly not looking to push him out of the door."
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It was reported on Friday that West Ham offered a club record 17 million pounds for Carroll. Rodgers claims that he is unaware of a bid from the Hammers.
"Not that I'm aware of. I'll obviously know more when I get back [to Liverpool]," he stated.
Meanwhile, Rodgers wouldn't be drawn into speculation over the possibility of adding American star Clint Dempsey to his roster this summer despite claiming that the team was very interested in adding the Fulham midfielder.
When asked about the subject, Rodgers quickly replied with a slight grin: "There's no updates on that."