Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson believes that Raheem Sterling is giving all the indications that suggest that he wants to leave Anfield in the summer.
The 20-year-old rejected talk of a new contract worth £100,000 a week earlier in the season, and intended to shelve discussions until the end of the campaign, insisting that wanting to wait and see how we finished, rather than holding out for more money was the reason behind the rejection, according to the BBC interview he gave at the start of last month.
Thompson believes that now our hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League have been all but dashed, the club faces an uphill battle to keep hold of the winger, as he may now have his heart set on a move away, the Daily Mirror reported.
“I think it will be very difficult for him to stay at Liverpool now. He’s shown all the signs that he’s ready and prepared to leave the club,” he said.
The pundit’s opinion may be proved right, as the Mirror reported earlier today that the England international is preparing to put his Southport property on the market.
As we don’t know which players will be coming in the summer, it is difficult to face up to the prospect of losing someone of Sterling’s quality, despite the way he has acted this season. If we can adequately replace him, then it would be best for Brendan Rodgers to sell him before his discontent has anymore of an impact.