The striker initially struggled for form and fitness on loan at West Ham, frustrating the Irishman, only for the England international to improve as the season wore on
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was coy on the future of Andy Carroll, who is currently on loan at West Ham, insisting he will assess his progression at the end of the season.
The striker, who joined Liverpool from Newcastle for £35 million in January 2011, linked up with Sam Allardyce’s side last summer after being told he would be behind lone frontman Luis Suarez in the pecking order at Anfield.
Carroll initially struggled at Upton Park, not scoring his first goal until November, but has since notched six in his last 12 outings – although Rodgers admits the loan spell has not gone as well as first hoped.
“In terms of Andy, it has been good to see the bit of form he has shown now towards the end of the season,” Rodgers told reporters. “He has obviously had a difficult season as a whole because of injury, so it’s been a little bit frustrating.
“I suppose it’s similar to last season, he showed that bit of form here at the end of last season and he’s obviously shown that again at West Ham.
“The idea for Andy to go out [on loan] was to get games; he wanted to play, he didn’t want to be sat here playing second fiddle to anyone and I commend that because some players are happy to maybe sit on the bench and not play.
“But he wanted to go out and play football. He’s gone to West Ham, which is a great club, and under Sam Allardyce he’s done very well. So we’ll assess that at the end of the season and take it from there.”
West Ham have expressed an interest in recruiting Carroll permanently, but the 24-year-old will snub a move to the Hammers this summer as he wants to stay and fight for his future on Merseyside.