Andy Carroll in contention to face Man United

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Britain’s most expensive footballer Andy Carroll is in contention to make his Liverpool debut this weekend against fierce rivals Manchester United.

The £35 million man, who signed on transfer deadline day from Newcastle United, has been out injured since December with a niggling thigh injury.

Carroll is now in full training with his teammates and is in contention to make the substitutes’ bench at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool are also hoping Daniel Agger and Fabio Aurelio will be fit to return to the squad and that Raul Meireles recovers after picking up a knee injury against West Ham United on Sunday.

One person the Reds will be without is promising right-back Martin Kelly who will miss the next month with a hamstring injury.

United will be without the suspended Nemanja Vidic on Sunday after the influential Serbian was sent off in last night’s defeat against Chelsea.

The league leaders are also fretting over the fitness of defenders Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans – potentially leaving Sir Alex Ferguson with just Chris Smalling and Wes Brown to choose from for Sunday’s trip across the M62.

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