Carroll: I don't have anything to prove, I wasn't given a fair chance at Liverpool
08:17 GMT, 23 October 2012
Liverpool misfit Andy Carroll has claimed he was never given a 'fair chance' to succeed at Anfield.
The England striker scored just six goals in 44 appearances after his 35million switch from Newcastle.
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Carroll was farmed out on loan to West Ham after Brendan Rodgers replaced Kenny Dalglish.
But the 23-year-old feels he could have adapted his style to suit Rodgers.
'I haven't really had a fair chance at Liverpool,' Carroll said.
'I was really told that I should move on to keep playing regular football, and obviously then Sam wanted me here and told me I would be playing regular games.
'So, for me it was a no-brainer coming here and to play.
'Obviously, I didn't really get a chance there.
'A new manager came in and I wasn't part of his plans. For me to play football, that was my chance to do that. That is why I am here at Upton Park.
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'I think I could fit into every system. I believe in what I can do. Obviously he [Rodgers] has his beliefs and he didn't think that.
'But for me, obviously, it was better to move on instead of waiting for my chance – which he told me might not come.
'Coming here, I have got a great chance to start games and score goals, which I haven't really had many of last season.
'I don't think I have got a point to prove, that is the wrong way to put it.
'I know what I can do and the ability I have got. I know what I am capable of.
'If other people don't believe it, that is fine. I just get on with it.
'But at the end of the day, I know what I can do.'
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce admitted he did not know if his on-loan striker will stay in East London all season.
Liverpool have only one senior striker in Luis Suarez, after failing to buy before the summer window closed and then losing Fabio Borini for months with a foot injury.
'I think that depends,' said Allardyce on the possibility of Carroll being recalled early to Anfield. 'Obviously when January comes around it will be assessed then, on just what has happened at Liverpool and how well Andy is doing.
'He is still only a young man and he has got a lot of improving to do. But he is such an important player for us already.
'We have got off to this start and everybody has played their part but as the old saying goes, the front man plays well, the team plays well.'