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West Ham striker Carroll 'lost respect' for Rodgers after 'mixed messages' at Liverpool

Andy Carroll has accused Brendan Rodgers of lying during their brief period together at Liverpool, and confessed he has 'lost respect' for the Reds manager.

Carroll will be hungry to impress at Anfield. Credit: PA

Speaking to Rory Smith at the Times, the towering striker who returns to Liverpool with West Ham today, opened up about his testing spell at Anfield.

Carroll was bought during Kenny Dalglish's brief renaissance as manager but never seemed likely to fit in following the appointment of Rodgers in June 2012.

He was telling me one thing to my face, then I'd leave the training ground and he would ring me and tell me a completely different thing.

He would say: 'You're going to play every week, you're going to play every game up front with [Luis] Suarez. I'd leave and get home and he would ring me and say: 'Fulham and West Ham want you and I think it's best you should go.'

I would go back and see him and he would say the opposite again. It was the same thing round and round and round. On phone calls, it was: 'I think you should go.' To my face it was: 'You'll start every week'.

It was mixed messages. He was messing with my head. I lost respect for him to be honest.

– West Ham striker Andy Caroll

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Wolfsburg thrash Bayern Munich to keep Bundesliga dreams alive

It was a night to forget for Bayern boss Guardiola. Credit: Reuters

Wolfsburg boosted their hopes of catching Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga by inflicting the defending champions' first league defeat this season in some style on Friday night.

Bas Dost and Kevin De Bruyne grabbed a brace each as Wolfsburg romped to a fully deserved 4-1 win over Pep Guardiola's men, whose consolation was netted by Juan Bernat.

Wolfsburg's spectacular win reduces their arrears on Bayern at the top of the table to eight points as the Bavarians conceded as many on one night as they had done in the entire first half of the season.

Man United sign non-league defender

Manchester United have completed the signing of defender Sadiq El Fitouri from Evo-Stik side Salford City.

The 20-year-old had previously been on the books at Manchester City, but will now join up with United' under-21 squad.

El Fitouri is now a Manchester United player. Credit: PA

"This is honestly a dream come true for me and I have to thank Salford City for the chance, as well as the faith they have shown in me," El Fitouri explained.

"I am really looking forward to what happens next and to be given the opportunity to do so at Manchester United is unbelievable."

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Man City boss: Chelsea striker Costa needs to change

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes Diego Costa needs to adjust his style on the pitch.

The Chelsea striker will be banned for the Premier League champions' visit to Stamford Bridge, following his stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can.

Diego Costa is absent. Credit: PA

"He is a great player, a very important player," Pellegrini explained.

"He has his character, it is not an easy character, but I hope for him that (with) this punishment - and I am not trying to take advantage for the game tomorrow - it will be a good thing for him to change in the future because he doesn't need to do it in that way because he is a very good player, a top player."

Hull close to signing Spurs winger on loan - reports

Lennon could be on his way to Hull. Credit: PA

Hull boss Steve Bruce says the club are close to agreeing a loan deal for a Premier League player - reported to be Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon.

Bruce has made no secret of the fact he wants to recruit some fresh faces to counter the threat of relegation with particular emphasis on bolstering a forward line hampered by injury and inconsistency.

Bruce didn't name Lennon but admits Saturday's game at the KC Stadium may come too early for any potential new signing.

"It's always nice top bring one or two in if you possibly can to give everyone a lift in the squad and that's what we've been working on really hard in the last couple of days," said Bruce. "Let's hope we can get them over the line."

"I wouldn't have thought it would be done by Saturday if I'm honest. We are working in particular on a loan deal but I wouldn't think it's going to get done before 12 o'clock. I would like to say it would be but I really can't see it."

Lennon has struggled for game time under new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

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