Sterling has been an almost constant in the papers over this long-running contract saga…
Jamie Carragher has urged Raheem Sterling to forget his current contract dispute with Liverpool and ‘just perform’.
Sterling has been an almost constant on the back-pages, and now on the front it seems, since reportedly rejecting a contract extension at the club before granting a revealing interview with the BBC last month.
And following on from Monday night’s win over Newcastle, Carragher insisted he believes Sterling will go on to have a fantastic career with Liverpool or not, and said this period where Sterling has been exposed in the public eye could be the making of his career.
“He’s one of Liverpool’s best attacking players. But forget the contract and money, the best way to prove your worth and keep the fans off your back is just perform. Don’t tell people how good you are, show them,” Carragher said on Sky’s Monday Night Football.
“There’s no doubt over the last six to 12 months, that in years to come he will look back on this period as a massive learning curve.
“You make mistakes at that age, I did, we all do. It’s just important that we learn from them. Raheem Sterling needs to be on the back pages, not the front pages.
“That’s a problem for him in the last few months, hopefully he learns from them. He’s going to be a great talent.”
Sterling scored the opening goal against the Magpies, a relieving strike for him most likely after a few weeks of discontent both on and off the field.
You’d hope Sterling would heed the advice of a Liverpool favourite who has been there, got the t-shirt and become the class player his talent deserved.
No doubt Carragher has seen many players who whilst perhaps not having the ability have certainly had the hype of Sterling, only to fall flat on their face because of a poor attitude.
We just have to hope Sterling won’t be another to add to the pile and there are no more public embarrassments that reflect badly on both him and the club.