Raheem Sterling’s continued refusal to extend his Liverpool contract has sparked outrage amongst the fraternity of Reds fans, with several quarters vilifying the youngster for his money-hungry, mercenary antics.
The Jamaica-born speedster has confirmed he will wait until the campaign’s end before discussing his future, opting to assess his prospects of success on Merseyside before deciding whether to elongate his stay or not.
Earlier in the season boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed the club had put an ‘incredible offer’ to the 20-year-old, believed to include a £100,000-a-week basic salary.
Recent speculation has suggested Sterling has rebuffed this princely offer, sparking outrage amongst fans, but the heaps of cash-grabbing abuse he’s receiving is totally undeserved.
The England international has recently taken to the airwaves to explain his decision to shelve talks about his future, stating that his desire for success far outweighs his craving for dead presidents and that had Liverpool offered him a new contract during the near-glorious 2013/14 campaign, he would’ve decorated the dotted line instantly.
A year on from coming second in the Premier League though, the Reds are verging on missing out on a top-four berth, currently five points adrift of fourth-place incumbents Manchester United.
The enormity of their task to overhaul the Red Devils is exemplified through their odds of 3/1 to finish in the Champions League qualification placed this term, but doing so remains key to keeping Sterling.
Partaking in the continent’s elite competition is clearly of the utmost importance for the player, which is understandable given both his obvious talent and the constant praise he receives from his manager.
Rodgers has readily described him as the ‘best young player in Europe’ in the past and therefore can’t begrudge him this willingness to assess Liverpool’s potential to match his ambitions at the end of the season.
Such a tag also vindicates the youngster’s desire to demand exorbitant wages.
The Anfield outfit do have the opportunity to deliver him a first FA Cup this season – they’re rated 2/1 to hoist this particular trophy, but it’s unlikely to be enough to ensure Sterling stays put.
It’s 3/5 to still be with his current employers on the first day of next term.