London: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted that he remains open to offers for striker Andy Carroll, stating that the club cannot afford to retain "£35 million players as third-choice strikers".
Carroll has been linked with a return to his former club, Newcastle United, and was also the subject of a loan bid from West Ham with a view to a permanent transfer if the London club achieved Premier League survival.
The 23-year-old is the Reds` record signing by some distance but has found his opportunities at the club limited since Rodgers arrived from Swansea City to replace Kenny Dalglish as manager.
"You don`t need to be a rocket scientist to see that Andy has been a cover player for us," Rodgers told reporters.
"He has been excellent in terms of his attitude and his acceptance of where he is at but, for us as a football club, and I am talking generically here, I`m not sure we are in a position to have £35m players as third-choice strikers or wingers who might be on £5m-£6m a year. I don`t think the football club is in that position.
"This is the challenge that I have to work something but it is not going to be done overnight."