Date: 19th May 2015 at 1:28am
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According to widespread media reports, which emerged on Monday night, Raheem Sterling has directly asked to leave Liverpool FC…

Liverpool’s summer already looked like being an incredibly challenging one with the need to strengthen the squad’s overall quality and depth both of pressing concern.

The alarming way the club’s 2014-15 season has tailed off, after a 13-match unbeaten run, has led many supporters to call for manager Brendan Rodgers‘ head and even more to ask for a change in transfer policy and a greater transparency from owners Fenway Sports Group.

With iconic captain Steven Gerrard already a confirmed departure, the last thing anyone connected with the club needed was for its most precocious talent to want to follow suit.

Unfortunately that appears to be exactly the situation at hand after Raheem Sterling allegedly informed the Anfield hierarchy of his desire to quit.

The Liverpool ECHO, Sky Sports and the BBC are amongst a host of media outlets who claim the 20-year-old revealed his intentions to Rodgers prior to the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on May 10.

In addition to the usual reasoning about wanting to compete for trophies and play in the Champions League, Sterling is said to have accused the Merseysiders of not doing enough to protect him and of leaking confidential information.

The winger, who has two years left on his existing £35k-per-week deal, rejected a new five-year contract worth around £100k-per-week in March and followed the decision by giving an unauthorised interview insisting that he wasn’t motivated by money.

His comments garnered plenty of negative reaction towards the player, as did subsequent images of him smoking from a shisha pipe and inhaling laughing gas.

Sterling and his advisors are expected to reiterate their stance during a scheduled meeting with Rodgers and Liverpool’s chief executive Ian Ayre on Friday.

The club have declined to comment but it is understood they still want to keep the former Queens Park Rangers trainee, who is their top scorer this term with 11 goals.

Speaking about the situation earlier this month, Rodgers said: “Everyone wants to win trophies and play in the big competitions. We will just reinforce what our stance has been all along.

“This is the best club for him at this moment where he has the opportunity to play, to fight and to be competitive.

“The owners are very much supportive of that. Raheem won’t be going anywhere in the summer, even if there isn’t a deal agreed.”

Sterling joined the Reds in February 2010 and has made a total of 129 senior appearances since debuting against Wigan Athletic aged just 17 years and 107 days in March 2012.

Remarkably, just eight months after his Liverpool bow came a first full cap for England, for whom he has now appeared 14 times.

Should Sterling depart Anfield, there is sure to be no shortage of takers for a player who won the Golden Boy award, signifying the best player in Europe aged under-21, last year.

Initial speculation claims Manchester City, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will all be in the running for his signature.

Vital Comment
What a deluded little sod. The irony of a player questioning the club’s ethics given some of his decision making recently and the amount of leaks which have clearly come from his ‘advisors’ is laughable. Regardless of his talent on the pitch, Sterling’s reputation has been badly tarnished off it of late and he only has himself to blame. He’s not even delivered consistently performance-wise this year and has been particularly awol in the key games when it’s mattered most. If it wasn’t for the fact the club finds itself at a crucial crossroads and is devoid of world class talent, I would gladly flog him tomorrow and for as little as £40m. Unfortunately, the mammoth task of turning us back into serious trophy contenders next season will become almost impossible if Sterling joins the mass exodus. Therefore I hope he sees sense and realises just how good things are for him under Rodgers and understands that the grass isn’t always greener. I very much doubt it though.


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