Weeks and months have now passed since issues around Raheem Sterling’s contract surfaced, with an unsanctioned interview from Sterling and comments from the England international’s agent appearing to only help in enraging the Reds’ fan base.
Recently transferred club legend Steven Gerrard has now had his say on the situation, when sitting down with Sky Sports recently.
“I’m not happy with all that carry-on and I don’t think there’s any need for it. They all need to be men about the situation.
“Raheem needs to go in and speak to the owners and to Brendan himself, tell them what he wants and go about it that way. You don’t have to throw illnesses in and refuse to go on tour.”
Gerrard goes on to say that there are ‘millions and millions of Liverpool fans that are itching to see Raheem Sterling in a Liverpool kit.’
The Liverpool veteran concedes he’s now on the outside and doesn’t no the exact details but he is still disappointed at what he has heard.
“It looks very disappointing from where I’m sitting.”
“It’s very difficult for me to sit here and support Raheem and the people around him [with] what their deciding to do with his contract, with what their trying to do with his career at a young age.
“I just hope for him, if he does decide to go, it works out for him because it would be a terrible shame if he goes somewhere and becomes a squad player and doesn’t kick on as a player. I feel that will be guaranteed if he stays at Liverpool.
“That’s my opinion and I’m going to be slightly biased but I am disappointed in that situation and how far it’s gone.
“I can see no other way, only out for him at the moment.”
There are sure to be a few twists in what seems like a never-ending story surrounding Sterling’s future but when a man as close to the club as Gerrard says he sees no other way than out for Sterling, the writing may well be on the wall.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena