Andy Carroll has made the shock admission that he had to 'Google' who his Anfield team-mates were when he joined Liverpool in 2011.
The £35million transfer wasn't just a Reds record but ensured that Carroll became the most-expensive British player ever at the time but while he was one of the game's hottest properties, the striker concedes that amazingly he had little interest in football other than playing and his knowledge of his new colleagues did not stretch beyond the club's two Scouse stalwarts, captain Steven Gerrard and long-serving defender Jamie Carragher .
Gateshead-born Carroll, now 30, and back at his first club Newcastle United, having departed Liverpool for West Ham United in 2012, has opened up on his incredible naivety when Kenny Dalglish snapped him up.
Quoted by the Express , he said: “When I was last here (in 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 wake up on the Saturday morning saying, ‘who are we playing?’ It 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.
“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.”
Carroll, who netted 11 times in 58 outings for Liverpool, also lifted the lid on the surprise nature of his big move.
He added: “It was mad. I was in the gym on the bike doing some work and it came up on Sky Sports News – £20 million rejected, £25 million rejected, £30 million rejected.
“Everyone’s coming in saying, ‘what’s happening?’, and I was like, basically, ‘I’m not going anywhere, I’ve got a new contract here’.
“And then suddenly it was, ‘go and see the gaffer’. Next thing I knew I was in a helicopter to Liverpool.
“I was happy, just about to sign a new deal, and then gone. I’d just bought a house, I’d just got a cat. It was in the house, and I never went back to the house – I left in the helicopter and my brother had to have the cat!”