LFC-1 home  
Home » Andy Carroll.

Andy Carroll.

On one of the more dramatic January transfer dealine days, Andy Carroll's transfer to Liverpool led to him becoming the eighth most expensive player in world football history.

The signing also set a new British transfer record, albeit only for the few minutes before Fernando Torres sealed his move to Chelsea.

Besides Torres, only six players have cost more; Crespo, Figo, Zidane, Kaka, Ibrahimovic, and Ronaldo.

At the time when each made their wallet busting transfers, the combined major achievements of the seven players named above reads as follows:
14 league titles, six domestic cups, seven domestic super cups (including the Community Shield), two Champions League titles, one UEFA cup win, one Cup Winners' Cup win, one Copa Libertadores win, three European Super Cup wins and three World Club Cup wins. At national level, add three World Cups and two European Championships to the honours list.

Individually, the players were also well decorated before making their big moves, between them winning nine domestic Player of the year awards, four times winners of France Football's prestigious Ballon D'Or, six times winners of FIFA's World Player of the Year, and UEFA Footballer of the Year twice. Throw in a total of 12 times in the UEFA Team of the Year between them, and it's even cleare that these are a collection of footballers who have done rather well not only for themselves, but with their clubs.

Liverpool's new signing is in good company.

By contrast, Andy Carroll has made 41 appearances in the Premiership, many as a substitute. The equivalent of just over one season's worth of top flight experience. He has one England cap.

The price tag comes as a surprise, as it surely does to virtually anyone connected with the game. But whatever the amount that Kenny Dalglish may have expected to pay before making an initial approach, the Reds manager was clearly prepared to spend whatever it took to bring Carroll to Anfield. The fee is clearly unjustified, but few are questioning the signing itself.

Carroll is a classic centre forward in an era which is obsessed with pace. As a target man, he's more powerful in the air than Crouch, far more clinical a finisher than Heskey and is certain to bring something different to a Liverpool side with a fresh attacking line up.

The potential partnership will remind fans from a certain generation of the Keegan and Toshack partnership of the 1970's. Only time will tell if the new pairing proves to be a successful one, but it's a strike duo with huge potential.

If Carroll's time at Anfield coincides with the capture of even a fraction of the honours and personal accolades picked up by his record breaking predesessors, Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool's new owners will consider it a very well spent £35million.

Recent Features
7.1.2013 - Not Suarez's job to make refereeing decisions.
23.11.2012 - Benitez will prove Chelsea doubters wrong.
20.5.2012 - My Liverpool FC Champions League XI. (Part 3)
19.5.2012 - My Liverpool FC Champions League XI. (Part 2)
18.5.2012 - My Liverpool FC Champions League XI. (Part 1)
17.5.2012 - Dalglish sacking is huge gamble for Fenway Sports Group.
5.5.2012 - The 5.15 FA Cup Final 2012 – with Budweiser and ESPN.
2.4.2012 - Time for footballing cheats to face retrospective punishment.
2.4.2012 - Outplayed and outfought – Liverpool’s league slump continues.
11.3.2012 - Bad luck not to blame for Liverpool's league position.
27.2.2012 - Wembley win sends Liverpool heading in right direction.
14.2.2012 - The Premier League's four-way fight for Champions League place.
30.1.2012 - How Liverpool follow in the footsteps of Ebbsfleet United.
12.1.2012 - Thoughts on Man City v Liverpool...
5.1.2012 - Liverpool continue to count cost of poor finishing.
23.12.2011 - No end in sight for the Suarez and Evra case.
14.10.2011 - Everyone involved in football wants more money, not just Ian Ayre.
20.7.2011 - Liverpool FC plans taking shape.
10.5.2011 - The Dalglish factor.
25.5.2011 - The Day We Kept the Cup
24.5.2011 - A Season of Two Halves
4.2.2011 - Andy Carroll
1.2.2011 - Torres: A risky move?

© 1999 - 2011 Liverpool FC - Number 1! All rights reserved.