I won't celebrate if I score against club I love, says Carroll ahead of Newcastle return
10:54 GMT, 30 March 2012
Newcastle fans may not have forgiven Andy Carroll for leaving them to join Liverpool last January, but the striker claims he still loves his hometown club.
In fact, Carroll, who Liverpool paid 35million for on deadline day last year, says he will not celebrate should he score when the Reds visit St James' Park on Sunday.
In an interview with the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, the 23-year-old admitted he still looks out for the club's results, and that he hopes to get a good reception on his return.
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'If I scored on Sunday then I wouldn’t celebrate,' said Carroll. 'I hope I get a good reception from the fans, they’ll be getting one from me.
'I thought I did well for the club when I was there and loved it. I have some great memories from playing there.
'I have always had a good relationship with the Newcastle fans and it stems back to playing for them.'
Former star: Carroll scored 11 Premier League goals for Newcastle last season
Carroll scored 17 league goals as Newcastle won promotion from the Championship in 2009-10, before notching 11 Premier League goals prior to his transfer last season.
His departure drew resentment from Magpies fans, expressed in their 3-1 defeat at Anfield in December, but the sixth-placed club have since pulled eight points clear of Liverpool as recruits signed from money raised by Carroll's sale have flourished.
And Carroll is hoping that those factors will lead to a good reception from the club he says he loves.
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'I still love the club and have a lot of friends still at Newcastle,' he said. 'I always want to see them doing well.
'I want to do well for Liverpool of course. But when I come off the pitch playing for Liverpool, how Newcastle have got on is the first score I look for.
'That will always be the case. I want to see them win because I’m still a fan.'