Former Liverpool stars Jamie Carragher and Dietmar Hamann have reacted angrily to Raheem Sterling’s reported desire to reject an extension on his contract and leave Anfield.
According to BBC Sport, the 20-year-old will meet with officials at the club, including Brendan Rodgers, on Friday, where he will let them know of his intentions.
The Guardian report that Carragher is startled by the player’s actions, and told if he wishes to move, then he should engineer it by putting in performances on the pitch, rather than screaming out for one off it.
“For a 20-year-old kid to be taking on Liverpool Football Club over a contract. To the pit of my stomach that just winds me up, it angers me,” he said.
“To do what he’s done now. There’s nothing worse than that. You keep your mouth shut – get on with playing football,” he added.
Following his rejection of a new deal worth £100,000 a week earlier in the season led to many people to question what motivated him. In an interview with the BBC, he insisted that trophies, rather than money, was what drove him. But, Carragher insists that he is in for a rude awakening if he thinks the grass is greener elsewhere, based on his performances in Europe and the latter stages of the cup competitions.
“It might not be about money. It may be about trophies or playing in the Champions League. If it’s about trophies, Liverpool had a chance for a trophy this year, in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Aston Villa. Where was Sterling? If you want trophies, they don’t get given to you, you have to earn them, you have to play well in big games. What did Liverpool do in the Champions League? Nothing. What did Sterling do? Nothing,” he explained.
Hamann has taken an equally harsh view towards the player. He believes that we should not stand in his way, as he’s done little to prove his worth to the side.
If Sterling wants to go let him. We not won much with him so we will be ok without him. We need players who want to be here and commit.
— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) May 18, 2015