You can’t turn on the telly, listen to the radio, or read a newspaper at the moment without some football talking head or other, more often than not connected with Liverpool, slamming Raheem Sterling for wanting to leave Anfield.
‘To the pit of my stomach that just winds me up’ says Sky Sports’ former Reds general Jamie Carragher, ‘he’d be crazy to go at this stage in his development’ pipes up Kop hero Robbie Fowler.
‘Does anyone believe that if he goes to Manchester City he will be the first name on the team sheet or are they just signing him because they need English players?’ adds John Barnes, with even the BBC’s Phil McNulty sticking the boot in with this comment:
“There is no mileage in Sterling suggesting he has not been protected from negative headlines by Liverpool, as the most eye-catching publicity and biggest reaction came from an interview with BBC Sport’s Natalie Pirks – an interview he conducted without the club’s permission.”
That may be largely true, but none of this deals with the issue of where the war began.
It’s not entirely clear who blinked first, but Sterling obviously felt he had to redress the balance in ‘that’ BBC interview, after somebody leaked that the youngster had turned down a £100,000 per week contract at Anfield.
Rodgers has never been shy about his unwillingness to pander to his players; the MailOnline ran the story ‘Too much, too young: Rodgers refuses to spoil Sterling with big payday’ almost three years ago.
Furthermore, Liverpool let Sterling’s contract quandary rumble on while Rodgers stuck him at wing-back during the middle of the campaign, which the player clearly hated. Hardly the best way to secure the future of one of your prized assets.
Despite these issues, Kop idols up and down the land continue to insist he couldn’t be anywhere better than Liverpool, a side that hasn’t won a meaningful trophy in nearly a decade and missed out on qualifying for the Champions League for the fifth time in six campaigns this term.
Maybe perennial top-four inhabitants Arsenal, who are heading to their second successive FA Cup final, would be a better bet? He is a Londoner, as Carragher rather spitefully brought up in his latest criticism.
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