Published Thursday, 30 August 2012
Carnlough''s Brendan Rodgers doesn''t think he can afford to keep Andy Carroll. (© Getty)
The Reds drew their qualifying play-off second leg against Hearts 1-1 on Thursday.
It completed a 2-1 aggregate win over the Scottish side, with Luis Suarez registering the crucial goal at Anfield on 88 minutes.
Meanwhile it has been confirmed that Rodgers has released striker Andy Carroll on a season-long loan to West Ham, after saying he couldn't afford a £35m player on the bench.
It's great to be here at West Ham and all signed up - I just can't wait to get started now.
Liverpool dominated the return leg of the tie but failed to extend their lead - and paid the price when goalkeeper Pepe Reina let a David Templeton shot squeeze through late on.
With extra time looming the home side pushed forward and Suarez made amends for missing two earlier gilt-edged chances with a fine finish.
It proved enough to beat a gutsy Hearts side who played some neat football and were not intimidated by their opponent's reputation.
The match was played against the backdrop of Friday's impending transfer deadline.
But the saga over Carroll's place in the side reached its conclusion as the 23-year-old left for the Hammers for the 2012-13 Premier League season.
A brief statement from Liverpool read: "Liverpool Football Club can confirm that Andy Carroll has joined West Ham United on a season-long loan.
"The striker will spend the whole of 2012-13 with Sam Allardyce's team."
Carroll was signed up by Liverpool in January last year for the £35m fee - a record for the club.
He told West Ham's website: "I want to be playing games and obviously hoping to score some goals. I know the manager well and some of the lads, so it is nice for me to come to a place where I know people.
"I'm hoping to add a lot of goals and create a few chances. I know Sam (Allardyce) from Newcastle and he was a massive reason for me coming.
"When I worked with him at Newcastle it was great, so it was a no-brainer really."
New Liverpool loan signing Nuri Sahin missed out on the action on Thursday as the Turkish international wasn't registered in time to be eligible for selection.
In terms of other movement to and from the club before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Friday, Rodgers has said that all his players know where they stand with him.
"Over the next few days, one or two of them have decisions to make about whether they want to be a squad player or whether they want to play regular football somewhere else," he said.
Charlie Adams has been the subject of outside interest, while Danny Wilson could go out on loan.
"There's no point in him sitting about and not getting games," Rodgers said, echoing his position on Carroll's lack of matchplay.
Speculation suggested Liverpool may have an eye on Arsenal's Theo Walcott, who has so far turned down a five-year deal with the Gunners - thought to be worth £75,000 a week.
But manager Arsene Wenger remains confident that money isn't the question and that the young star will stay with his side.