I imagine that Rodgers has been given a plan to adjust his wage bill, that has been evidenced already so shifting Carroll's £80k per week from that was probably quite influencial. That is £4.2m per year, take away a £3m signing bonus and it equates to Carroll's year on loan financing 2/3rds of the Sturridge deal for instance. If it was sell to buy when he came in, then a potential of £17m for the following summer probably looked a winner in his eyes, understandable? I think so.
The gamble was that AC would score goals and look good in a side geared to his strengths and to be honest, he hasnt really, the end result would have been a decent sale figure to WHU or a sale elsewhere. His fitness problems have ended that chance, that is part and parcel of his career so far, he does struggle with it. We all know that AC wouldnt have been released if BR didnt think we were getting Sturridge and Dempsey, I very much doubt a similar mistake would be made again this summer, if he goes, it is because we have others coming.
Even if had scored 20 goals, I don't think he would have recouped his £35m do you?!