Raheem Sterling will seemingly burn his bridges with Liverpool fans – if they weren’t burnt already – by telling Brendan Rodgers that he does not intend to extend his current contract at Anfield, and would like to leave the club.
The 20-year-old had put negotiations on hold during the season, revealing in an unsanctioned interview that he is not motivated by money, and would review his situation at the end of the campaign, according to BBC Sport.
With only our game against Stoke ahead, BBC Sport also report that the England international will now meet with Rodgers and Ian Ayre on Friday, where he will inform them of his intention to leave.
Unsurprisingly, the news has received a hostile reaction from Liverpool fans. Rather than be concerned about losing the player himself, much of the anger has been directed at the way he has handled himself off the pitch this season, culminating in this latest dig at the club that gave him his chance.
Raheem Sterling – Not as good as what his agent seems to be telling him that he is
— Cameron Sinclair (@sinccame) May 19, 2015
It was inevitable Raheem Sterling would want to leave, his performances have been average this year as he thinks about £ signs elsewhere
Hope to see you rot wherever you end up next, suarez made you look decent last year, Bang average footballer with a lot of pace @sterling31
— Jay Bradley (@JaayBradley) May 19, 2015
@sterling31 “I felt bullied into signing a new contract at Liverpool.” forced into a £100k a week deal must be tough!” What a spoilt brat
— George (@GEORGIE_35) May 19, 2015
I still maintain that Raheem Sterling is just Danny Cadamarteri with a better agent.
— Tom O’Brien (@_tomobrien) May 19, 2015
@sterling31 is probably a proper decent lad, but intentionally or not, he’s making himself look like a ball bag
— Adam Wiseman (@AdamWiseman) May 19, 2015
— nephew Ruckus (@player_retired) May 19, 2015
Raheem Sterling is such an overrated player. As if he’s turning down deals he shouldn’t be having in the first place #garbage
— Matt Bowen (@mattbowen09) May 19, 2015
Raheem Sterling is the biggest example about everything wrong in the game. Greedy and ungrateful.
— Alex (@thechosenlex) May 19, 2015