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Pressure is on Andy Carroll

Updated: December 29, 2011, 2:18 PM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

It wasn't supposed to be this way for Newcastle. A year ago, Andy Carroll was the new Geordie hero, a local boy playing up front for a club that reveres the No. 9 shirt more than any other. On Friday night, the few thousand Newcastle fans at Anfield will doubtless boo his every touch as punishment for leaving in January.

But that was all expected when he left. The problem is, it wasn't supposed to be this way for Liverpool, either. In seeking an instant replacement for Fernando ...

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