Rodgers: Carroll wants to stay

The England international has been linked with a move away from

Merseyside after he struggled to make an impact since joining from

Newcastle for ?35million in January 2011. His former club have,

however, already had an initial offer to bring Carroll back to

Tyneside turned down. But Rodgers is adamant the striker, who came

off the substitutes’ bench in Liverpool’s pre-season goalless draw

against Tottenham in Baltimore on Saturday evening, is still in his

plans for next season. Asked if there had been any offers for

Carroll, Rodgers said: “Not that I am aware of. Obviously I’ll know

more when we get back. “There has been a lot written about Andy,

but you saw today he’s happy to be here and he’s worked very well

since he’s been here. “The reality is he’s still a Liverpool

player, he can fit into how I want to play, and he’s happy here.

“I’m certainly not wishing to push him out of the door.”