We’re not even sure what to think about the Raheem Sterling transfer and contract saga anymore, in all honesty.
But it seems the 20-year-old’s team-mates, and his departing skipper, are desperate for him to stay.
Last week, Jordan Henderson pleaded with the English prodigy to extend his Liverpool contract (via the Mirror), and now Steven Gerrard has done the same.
“I hope Raheem stays,” said the 35-year-old, reported in the Mirror.
“For [both] his development and stability.
“The frustrating thing for me would be if he went to another team and was just a squad player.”
Sterling is flatly refusing to extend his Liverpool contract according to his despicable agent Aidy Ward, who claimed that his client wouldn’t renew – even for £900k – (via Evening Standard).
But Gerrard has a point… At Liverpool, Sterling is guaranteed first-team football for a team with top four ambitions. If he were to join Manchester City (via Daily Mail) or Real Madrid (via Independent) for example, his development could be stunted by rotation or a permanent spot on the bench…
When Sterling was confident and happy in 2013/14, he genuinely looked like he was on a path to greatness, and it would be great to see him maximise his talent and put this sorry mess behind him. But to do so, he needs to listen to the advice or people like Gerrard and not his agent.