In 2011, Newcastle striker Andy Carroll became the most expensive British footballer of all-time when he moved to Liverpool for £35 million on transfer deadline day.
Carroll was 22 at the time and was signed by the Reds in January after the departure of striker Fernando Torres to Chelsea who joined the London club in a deal worth £50 million.
He spent 18 months at Anfield and despite playing over 40 games in his first full season he struggled, scoring just nine goals before moving to West Ham on loan.
After seven years at the Hammers, Carroll made the move back home in the summer, signing for Newcastle on a free as he looks to continue where he left off at the club, after he scored 11 goals in 19 appearances the season he left for Anfield.
Carroll is currently working his way back to fitness at St James’ Park and took the time to reflect on his move to Liverpool for an in-depth interview piece on Newcastle’s official website.
The 30-year-old outlined that in 2011 he had little interest in watching football when he wasn’t playing the game and explained that before he arrived at Anfield he had to google Liverpool’s players as he only knew two of them at the time.
“When I was here [Newcastle], I’d go home, mess about with my mates, play football, go out, whatever, but I’d never watch football, I never knew any players.
“I’d come in on the Friday, or wake up on the Saturday morning saying, ‘who are we playing?’ I was just completely oblivious to all the football that was going on. I would work at the training ground and knew my tactics, but until we had a meeting I didn’t know who we were playing, unless I asked someone.
“When I was in the helicopter down to Liverpool, I was like, ‘I know Stevie G, I know Carragher. Who else?’ My agent at the time had to tell me, and I would get it on Google and find out the team.
“So that’s actually a true story. It’s bad because it’s Liverpool players, but it’s not disrespectful — I just literally didn’t watch football, so I didn’t know.”
In the interview, Carroll also spoke about his maturation as both a person and a player as well as his excitement at making his second debut for his hometown club.
Having failed to find the net in their opening two Premier League games this campaign, Newcastle fans will certainly be hoping that Carroll can be the remedy for their goalscoring woes.