With Raheem Sterling reportedly ‘sick’ and unable to make the start of pre-season, and Man City wavering over the price, Liverpool need a resolution quick.
5. Morale at the Club
Brendan Rodgers was adamant at the end of last season that Liverpool are not open to the idea of selling Raheem Sterling this summer while some fans have brought up the idea of punishing the player by refusing to sell him and placing him in the reserves for the beginning of the 15/16 season. This wouldn’t be a good idea as the longer this transfer saga drags on, the more it will affect the morale of the club and the excitement among the fans. Liverpool should look to remove any negativity within their squad as Sterling’s negative attitude affected his form at the closing stages of last season and Liverpool dipped in form massively. Liverpool have also been impressive so far in this transfer window and have brought in some great players such as Firmino and Milner and this should have fans and players excited for the new season but instead the focus is on this frustrating transfer saga. Liverpool should approach City and tell them they should make an acceptable bid for the player as soon as possible or forget about it happening so to put the transfer saga to bed.
4. Sterling Has Caused More Trouble Than He’s Worth
Since Sterling has broken into the first team squad, it seems he is on the front pages of newspapers more than he is on the back. This is unacceptable for a ‘professional’ athlete and he should be punished a lot more severely than he has been so far. The 20 year old had the support of the club when he was in court for an altercation with his ex-girlfriend and when he was criticised for telling England boss Roy Hodgson he was feeling too tired to play for his country while he was also given a mid-season break in the last campaign.
The youngster has shown an ungrateful attitude and disrespect towards the club since as he has been involved in two laughing gas controversies, held a ridiculous interview with the BBC without the club’s permission, refused to go on the pre-season tour and pulled a sicky to avoid training. These stunts can also be partially blamed on his agent Aidy Ward who has a horrific track record with players as it is and it’s no wonder striker Saido Berahino has parted ways with the guy.
People may say that Luis Suarez caused trouble during his time at Liverpool but the club stuck by him anyway so why not Sterling? Well, the answer is easy really, Suarez delivered on the pitch for Liverpool and gave 100% every time he played for Liverpool whereas Sterling has done nothing noteworthy for Liverpool in his career. The player isn’t consistent and he isn’t reliable so why should Liverpool fight to keep him at the club?
3. Liverpool Don’t Need Sterling
Liverpool also fought to keep Suarez at the club in the summer of 2013 because they needed him as he created and scored plenty of goals for the team. A talent like Suarez is hard to replace as they learned last season but a player like Sterling can be replaced this summer and they already have a few candidates to replace the 20 year old at the club already. Liverpool have already brought in highly rated Brazilian international Roberto Firmino who should link up brilliantly with fellow Brazilian Coutinho.
As well as this, they have Adam Lallana who if he stays fit can bring plenty of creativity and goals to the side while they should keep Lazar Markovic. Markovic showed glimpses of his ability last season such as in games against Sunderland away and Tottenham at home as he flourished when he was played in his natural position. Jordon Ibe broke into the side in the second half of last season when he returned from Derby after a short loan deal. Ibe is quick, strong and has a much better attitude than Sterling which was shown when he cut short his holiday break to take on extra training session this summer.
2. Sterling May Never Be Worth £40-50m Again
It is questionable whether Sterling is actually worth this crazy amount of money as he is a 20 year old who hasn’t really done anything incredible with his career as of yet. Young English players are incredibly over priced and it is surprising that Manchester City are considering paying that incredible fee but it may be down to their need for English players in their squad. Although, Liverpool should take advantage of this as a club may never offer such a fee for the player again as what club would want to put up with the kind of stunts he has already done and there is no guarantee that he will gain back the form he had in 2014. Sterling’s form dipped dramatically in 2015 and he failed to impress for England during their international matches this summer. Will his form return once he gets the move away he wants or will he continue to act out and blame his form on the club he is with?
Liverpool have been linked with moves for strikers this summer and one of them has been Manchester City’s Stevan Jovetic who hasn’t been a regular starter since arriving at City. Liverpool should tell Manchester City officials that they would take an offer of £30m and Jovetic who is believed to be worth around £16m. If City don’t want to let Jovetic go to Liverpool then LFC should tell the Manchester club they’ll take between £40m -£50m for the player and no add on deals for appearances are acceptable as chances are Sterling wouldn’t be a regular starter at City with his current form.
If the deal does somehow manage to go through, Liverpool should re-invest with the money this summer. They should use it to bring in defensive midfielder Asier Illarramendi from Real Madrid and even attempt to sign Barcelona’s Pedro who is currently unsure of his future at the Nou Camp. Liverpool definitely need to sign a striker and while Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette would be a dream transfer for the club, Villa’s Christian Benteke seems the more likely target. It is clear that selling Sterling for £40m or more and reinvesting to improve certain areas in the squad would be beneficial for the club moving forward.