Carroll claims he did not want to go

After Fernando Torres’ stunning move to Chelsea yesterday, Liverpool acted quickly to replace the forward by signing Carroll.

The player said: “I didn’t want to leave. I’m gutted that I wasn’t wanted at my home team after everything I have done and the progress I have made.

“I didn’t want to leave at all. Make sure they know I didn’t want to leave. The players, staff and fans were fantastic.”