If Sterling renews his deal, will he get himself an Anfield song?
There’s a heavy feeling with these latest quotes to emerge from wonderkid Raheem Sterling that his PR team are doing a job to repair some of the damage they did with their ill-advised unsanctioned interview, given to the BBC at the start of the month…
A few weeks back, Sterling claimed that he wasn’t driven by money, despite rejecting a monstrous contact offer.
Today, Sterling gave another exclusive interview, in which he waxed lyrical about what Liverpool means to him, most interestingly claiming that he wants the Anfield crowd to make him up his own song…
“Of course, when the crowd is with you, there is nothing better,” Sterling told the Sunday Times, reported here by Sky Sports.
“My ambition is to have my own song from the Kop.
“Last season I loved the song for Luis Suarez – Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho have good ones too.
“I was 15 when I signed to Liverpool’s youth team, and I have to admit I was starstruck,” he continued.
“The first time I saw Stevie I thought he was a fake! I couldn’t believe he was real and not a waxwork.
“My debut came when I was 17, against Wigan. I was first out on the pitch and I couldn’t wait to get on the ball.
“I did four stepovers and a half-cross, half-shot, and every time I got on the ball I ran at the defenders. It was a good day for me.”
The relationship between Liverpool fans and the 20-year-old England international is an interesting one… Sterling has rejected a £100k-per-week contract extension offer (via the Telegraph), which naturally, has led to some criticism from the fan base – who have seen Coutinho and Jordon Ibe sign new long-term deals this term.
On the other hand, Sterling is one of the best young players in the world, and we truly appreciate his mesmeric talents, and would like nothing better for him to commit his future to the club for the long-term.
These quotes suggest that in the summer, he perhaps will be prepared to do just that – especially with his manager Brendan Rodgers flatly refusing to part ways with him in the next transfer window (via EuroSport.)
Perhaps only then will Sterling earn himself the anthem his ability, but not his attitude so far, warrants.