Since the disappointing draw against Basel which saw the Reds eliminated from the champions league the transfer rumor mill has gone into overdrive, with the mirror naming eight possible new Liverpool recruits for the January window including West Brom’s Saido Berahino. While the team are in desperate need of a striker, Inter Milan and Man United are apparently also interested in the £24 million striker but no doubt an addition to the offensive power of the squad would compensate Suarez’s departure and make the club favorites in sportsbooks and betting sites for a qualifying seat to the Champions League.
Earlier today it was reports that Raheem Sterling turned down a new Liverpool deal as the forward feels £70,000 a week is ‘nowhere near acceptable.’ The negotiation of Sterling’s new contract terms have been going on for weeks now as Liverpool desperately want to keep the 19- year old amidst pressure from Real Madrid and Chelsea.
This wage increase would be 133% more than his current pay check but the youngster is still feeling disappointed. Liverpool’s match against Manchester United will be the 100th game of Sterling with the Reds and he has no doubt played a huge part in the team’s success last season working in perfect sync with Suárez on many occasions. If Liverpool can manage to keep the English International and find a favorable striker it could see the team back in top 5 of the premiership.
From looking at supporters reactions to the news over twitter it seems that many fans want the club to keep Sterling at all costs even if that means bumping up his contact to £100,000. Other fans, of course, took a different view with many criticizing his performance in the last few matches.
Even Liverpool legend John Aldridge had an opinion about the whole affair by stating the Reds ‘Shouldn’t hand Raheem Sterling £100,000-a-week-deal’ as the team need to keep the youngster motivated.
Aldridge also wrote in his Liverpool Echo Column “At his age he shouldn’t be thinking about new contracts and money,” “He should be concentrating on playing football and enjoying it.”