Hamman Exclusive: Does Andy Carroll want it enough?
Published 22:19 21/01/12 By Anthony Clavane
Liverpool hero Dietmar Hamann last night blasted Andy Carroll for being unprofessional and lacking the desire to succeed at Anfield.
The former German midfielder believes time is running out for the England striker. Carroll, 23, has struggled with both injuries and form since his £35million move from Newcastle a year ago
“Has he got that hunger and that desire to succeed?” asked Hamann. “Does he want it badly enough?
“He gets all the help from the club and the fans he can, but at the end of the day it’s down to him.
“I know players are not machines and that some find it harder to adapt than others.
“But he’s not a foreigner, he’s an English player who knows what’s required in the Premier League.
“The club has showed faith in him. Newcastle asked £35m. They could have waited until the summer and got three players for that price.
“Kenny Dalglish, and the fans, have showed tremendous faith. Now it’s time to deliver.”
Carroll’s Kop nightmare hit a new low against Stoke last week when he came on as substitute – and spent most of the time on his backside.
After blaming his footwear for regular slips he ended up changing is boots – which left Didi seething.
Hamann said: “The reception he got when he came on against Stoke was great. You would have thought Steven Gerrard was coming on. But changing his boots like that annoyed me and the punters. He came on for 30 minutes and he slipped three times and then he changes his boots – so he’s on the touchline for two minutes.
“This is a lack of professionalism. It’s unacceptable.
“That’s how people get negative. When he comes on he’s got to make sure he’s got the right footwear. I had steam coming out of my ears.
“He’s got all the ingredients; a good touch for a big man, rocket of a left foot, very good in the air – what more do you need?
“Liverpool fans are very knowledgeable and they see the potential in him, otherwise they may have given up the ghost. But if the fans turn he may find it even harder to score.
“If he does start performing it could be a trip to the Euros with England.
“If he wants it he’ll go. But does he? I don’t know.”
Hamann picked up a string of winner’s medals at Anfield, including two League Cups, two FA Cups a UEFA Cup and that Champions League winner’s medal in 2005.
He is delighted the Reds now have a great chance of reaching the Carling Cup Final this coming week when they play Manchester City in the second leg of the semi-final at Anfield, defending a one-goal lead.
But he is not so pleased with the players’ decision to wear T-shirts to express their support for Luis Suárez, after the striker was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra.
“He’s been charged, found guilty and banned,” he said.
“I think the T-shirts were a bad thing. I couldn’t see any reason to do that. It was an error of judgment. It sends out the wrong message.
“I think it is damaging to Liverpool. It’s been in the papers a long time.
“All that the T-shirts story did was drag it even longer. They made a bad call.
“It’s not the Liverpool way.”