KEVIN Nolan wants Andy Carroll to face Newcastle United on Sunday – so he can kick him!
Carroll, controversially sold to Liverpool for £35m in January, sat out their 5-0 win over Birmingham City with a knee problem.
And Nolan – who made his comeback from a two-game suspension in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Blackpool – would be forgiven for wanting Carroll to miss out at Anfield.
But Newcastle’s captain, a boyhood Liverpool fan, is keen for the 22-year-old to line up against United.
“The big man missed out because of an injury, and he doesn’t know how long he will be out,” Nolan said. “Hopefully, he’ll be back so I can kick him!
“I don’t know if I want him to play or not. I do so I can kick him, but I don’t want to him to play because of the threat he can pose.
“He’s clicking into gear, and he’ll be desperate to play against us. You will see the best of him next year.”
Newcastle – who manager Alan Pardew now feels are safe from the threat of relegation – haven’t won at Anfield in the Premier League since 1994, when Kevin Keegan guided the club to a 2-0 win.
Nolan added: “Records are there to be broken – we don’t worry about anything like that.
“This is a different team to ones that have gone there in the past. There’s no better place to play your football away from home.
“We’ve been brilliant away from home this season, and we’re full of confidence.
“They had a fantastic result and they’re full of confidence, so it’ll make for an entertaining game.”
A tired Nolan – who had missed the Manchester United and Aston Villa games after picking up his 10th booking of the season – was withdrawn late at Bloomfield Road with a groin problem.
“I just felt a bit of a niggle,” added Nolan. “It was only a precaution, and to get somebody on who could run a bit faster than me.”
Newcastle United took the lead in the 17th minute following a dreadful error from Blackpool’s Charlie Adam.
The skipper tried to exchange passes just outside his area but allowed Joey Barton to sneak in and set up Lovenkrands.
The Dane struck a low shot from the edge of the area which found the bottom corner.
The hosts were furious to have a penalty claim rejected when Campbell seized on a poor pass across goal by Jose Enrique.
The striker appeared to beat Krul to the ball before being brought down by the goalkeeper but referee Atkinson waved play on, much to the fury of watching Blackpool manager Ian Holloway.
Luck turned for both Campbell and Enrique as Blackpool claimed an equaliser after 32 minutes.
The ball looped goalwards off Campbell’s thigh as he met an Adam corner at the near post and was ruled to have crossed the line before Enrique headed clear from under the crossbar.