The Raheem Sterling saga has rumbled on this week, and frankly, it’s becoming more and more ridiculous. The youngster’s exit now looks both inevitable and necessary, before his terrible attitude and incredibly public displays of petulance do any further damage to the morale of the rest of the squad.
Raheem Sterling ‘phones in sick’ and misses Liverpool training – club sends doctors round to check if he’s lying…
Rodgers ASKS Sterling to stay, offers MORE money, Sterling says NO & tells Rodgers he WON’T play for him!
Guardian name exciting primary Sterling replacement, as Raheem demands move
If Sterling’s proposed move to Manchester City does eventually go through (via Independent), it won’t be the only transfer exit in our club’s history to be by marred by controversy. We count down ten of the most infamous deals of the Premier League era in the list below… How would the loss of Sterling compare with the departure of these players?
Despite a precession of injury problems, the Danish defender was a popular figure at Anfield. However, his eight-year stay on Merseyside came to an unfortunate end following a bust up with manager Brendan Rodgers. The Northern Irishman restricted Agger to just 23 appearances during the 2013-14 season and he sealed a return to former club Brondby soon after. We replaced him with the signing of Dejan Lovren from Southampton…
Speaking about the incident, Agger is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying: “Let me put it this way, the manager and me were perhaps not on the same page in all of last season. I felt that he didn’t appreciate the things I could have contributed. When I feel that, then it’s time to move on. Where me and him maybe went wrong from each other, was that I’m very direct. I say things as they are. Maybe it’s wrong to expect it [others to agree] sometimes.”
Fowler left Liverpool for the first time after falling out with then manager Gerard Houllier and his assistant Phil Thompson, with whom he had a training ground confrontation. As a result, he was left out at the start of the 2001-02 season and struggled to regain his place in the team. Michael Owen and Emile Heskey began to establish themselves at Houllier’s first-choice strike pair in Fowler’s absence and he eventually sealed a move to Leeds.
“I still get on very well with Gerard and I don’t want to say he forced me out, but I think people can read between the lines,” Fowler told The Times. “Things like that happen on training grounds every day, arguments between players and coaches, but the amount of publicity it got was frightening. I missed out on another medal because of that [the 2001 Charity Shield, we won 2-1 against Man United] and that is what hurt me more than anything.”