The move not to include the forwards in the party for the Europa League third round qualifier will cast doubt on their futures at the club, whilst equally disappointing many fans.
Whilst Carroll was initially included in the named squad to travel to Belarus, he did not travel with the rest of the party who departed Merseyside on Wednesday morning. The club’s official line is that Carroll was left out to avoid aggravating a groin strain which was picked up during Saturday’s friendly against Tottenham in Baltimore, and that he could feature in the return leg at Anfield next week.
However that begs the question as to why he was initially included in the squad, and in the wake of alleged further interest from club’s such as West Ham, Newcastle and now Tottenham Hotspur (surprise, surprise), this latest twist casts further shadows on the number 9’s Anfield future.
It is worth noting however that even if Carroll had featured tonight, he would not have been cup-tied for European competition.
The Reds travelled to take on FC Gomel with the bare minimum in terms of players and staff in what is seen as an awkward trip, however it was still a blow for young Dani Pacheco who is disappointed by this latest set-back over not being included in the squad; especially as Liverpool are still missing Suarez, and Bellamy (and now Carroll) from the frontline , as well as recently departed attackers Kuyt and Maxi.
The 21-year olds frustrations were evident as he stated on his Twitter account:
“Unfortunately I’m not involved for the match on Thursday. I will keep working. Always. One day it will come.”
Fellow Spanish starlet Suso has also been left behind on Merseyside, however there was joy for some youngsters as Adam Morgan and Raheem Sterling were included. They join notable senior players Lucas Leiva – returning from injury – and new signing Fabio Borini who could make his competitive debut.
Liverpool’s 2012/13 season begins tonight at 7pm.
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