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Hart backing Carroll to succeed

August 26, 2012
By Mike Whalley

Joe Hart is convinced that England team-mate Andy Carroll will make himself a success - even if he has to leave Liverpool to do it.

Andy Carroll and Joe Hart
GettyImagesAndy Carroll and Joe Hart are England team-mates

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodger currently has three senior forwards at the club in Carroll, Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini, with Carroll's first-team opportunities at Anfield likely to be limited by the new style of play at the club.

Carroll's former club Newcastle are interested in signing him, however Rodgers has ruled out allowing him to leave on loan, and is only likely to approve a sale if he receives enough money to bring in another striker as cover.

Manchester City goalkeeper Hart, who is preparing to face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, reckons that Carroll still has something to offer Rodgers, claiming that the caricature of the striker as "just some hooligan from up north" is wide of the mark.

"I love Andy. I love the way he plays football," Hart told the Mail on Sunday. "I love the way people don't know him, they think he's just some hooligan from up north. He is anything but. He's a gentleman.

"I have introduced him to my friends and they can't get over what a good person he is. On the football pitch, he loves to get stuck in and give everything. He's obviously got his issues at the moment with the manager at Liverpool, but that comes in football.

"I've had times when I have had to look elsewhere and I'm sure that may happen in the future. At the moment it's happening with Andy.

"If he starts or comes off the bench, you know you are in a game. If you speak to centre-halves, I don't think they would want to play against him.

"He might not please everyone but he is a hell of a good player and a hard player. I would back him to succeed whichever way it turns.

"If he stays at Liverpool, there is no reason why we can't see him in that starting line-up and everything is resolved."