AC: “I’ve Kopped right style at West Ham”


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Andy Carroll can come back and bite former boss Brendan Rodgers at The Boleyn tomorrow afternoon but it won’t be personal – purely business.

The Reds  arrive at a good time for the Irons with the team looking secure and ready to play a more expansive game.

Sam Allardyce is ready to let his team play with more expression after reaching 37 points and Colombian international Pablo Armero is also likely to get a full run-out.

And Carroll is the big weapon to end a long Reds unbeaten run with the aerial power which moved Rodgers to declare yesterday that he’s one of the best target men in Europe.

Carroll, bears him no grudges despite being sold for £16 million saying: “There is no bitterness at all. I moved to West Ham and I am loving it.

“Apart from the injury setback at the start of the season, everything has been great.

“My strength in the air is one of my main points of my game and Liverpool do not put the ball in as West Ham do for me.

“Suarez and Sturridge up front are completely different to me. The way they play is incredible.”

Carroll actually joined Liverpool from Newcastle for a club-record £35m on the same day in January 2011 that Ajax hitman Suarez completed his own £24m switch. But their Merseyside careers could not have differed more.

While the England man scored only six goals in 44 league games for the Reds, the Uruguayan striker has netted a stunning 67 in 104.

Carroll added: “He’s a great player. He has 29 this season, he’s incredible and you can’t doubt that. He lifts others. After games, he wants to train. When he should be resting, he wants to be out there.

“He never gives up, never stops running. It is infectious. That is why all the players around him are performing like they are.”

Carroll  insists he is fully fit and determined to impress England boss Roy Hodgson ahead of the World Cup.

He said: “I will be devastated if I don’t get to Brazil. I think about it and that is what I want.

“But there are a lot of players out there who can get that position and it is up to me to score goals and play well to get there.

“I feel great. I have had three 90 minutes in a week and I could not be fitter.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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