‘Andy Carroll – one season to prove himself’

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Former Liverpool captain John Barnes says striker Andy Carroll deserves to be given another season at the club to prove himself, despite more criticism of the 23-year-old.

Carroll was left frustrated when returning to his boyhood club Newcastle and failing to get on the scoresheet in Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat at St James’s Park on Sunday.

But when asked whether the Reds should cut their losses on their £35million investment of the England international, Barnes says there is still a potential in Carroll, waiting to jump out.

“I wouldn’t sell Andy Carroll, I would give him another season and see how he goes,” Barnes said.

“The biggest factor with him is his inexperience. He is a young boy still and that leads to inconsistency.

“When I moved to Liverpool, I had played for six years at Watford and had 30 England caps to my name. Peter Beardsley had the same sort of experience, Ray Houghton was established and John Aldridge had scored a lot of goals at the top level. Andy has really only had one year in the Championship and half a season in the Premier League before Liverpool signed him.”

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