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Rodgers defends 'terrific' Carroll

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has defended Andy Carroll in the face of what he feels has been unfair criticism of the forward.

Carroll's future at Anfield is up in the air, with the Reds having rejected an offer from his former club Newcastle amid claims Rodgers is prepared to let the £35 million signing move on.

Rodgers has described Carroll as a "terrific young player" who he feels can fit into a range of styles, but the Reds boss again stopped short of stating whether the England international has a future under him at Liverpool.

"Andy is a terrific young player," Rodgers said. "I had a brief chat with all the lads and over the next couple of weeks I'll be able to speak to them with more confidence and on a one to one basis.

"There is no doubt he is a terrific talent. There has been a lot of unfair criticism aimed towards Andy.

"He is a player who can play in a number of styles and it was a wee bit unfair on him (for people) to say he couldn't fit into the way I would want to play.

"For me, your game is based on your players, the players you have. I am here to win games.

"We've got a number of very, very talented players in the group, of which Andy is one."

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