Brendan Rodgers decided that it was in the best interests of both club and player to allow Luis Suarez to leave for Barcelona this summer, recouping around £75 million in the transaction.
Yet if the Northern Irishman wants his team to prosper then he can’t afford to do the same with this season’s key man Raheem Sterling, according to former Liverpool forward Emile Heskey.
The ex-England striker was quizzed on talkSPORT over the recent rumours suggesting Real Madrid could be the next European heavyweights to attempt to muscle in and relieve the Reds of one of their star performers, and he believes that if Rodgers consents to a sale the repercussions could be massive.
Sterling has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame at Anfield under the tutelage of Rodgers and now, with Suarez out the picture, he’s considered by the majority to be the most influential asset they have. It’s natural then that Madrid are poking their noses in, with Florentino Perez never one to rest on his laurels when a promising player begins to attract attention.
Sooner or later it stands to reason that Rodgers will be offered a large fee in exchange for the services of Sterling, though Heskey has been quick to ward the Liverpool boss away from accepting it.
It’s not all doom and gloom on Merseyside though, and another possible transfer between Madrid and Liverpool sees the latter set to come off the better. Los Blancos’s high-flying starlet Jack Harper is said to prefer a move to the Reds over anywhere else, as he knows Rodgers’s system will give him the best chance of playing first-team football.
The Spaniard, born to Scottish parents, has plenty of admirers in Britain, and is steadily growing a reputation for himself thanks to his performances in Madrid's youth setup. It's said that the La Liga giants see him as a valuable asset for the future and therefore won't be happy to see him leave, but that might be negated should Liverpool offer him a role in the first-team.
Dele Alli battle
A young, exciting talent essentially swapped for another young, exciting talent; we get the feeling Liverpool fans won’t be too keen to go for it. Rounding off a report which seems destined to focus on youth, Rodgers has been joined in his pursuit of English starlet Dele Alli by none other than Louis van Gaal.
The MK Dons youngster has been described as the ‘new Messi’, and his situation will be watched with great interest come the January transfer window.