The incredible claim surfaces in the Daily Mail, who say that the England international is concerned over his future at Anfield with regards to the position he’s being used in. Despite negotiations over an extension having rumbled on for some time it appears the two parties are no closer to an agreement, and Sterling is keen to make good on his promise to wait until the end of the season to find a solution.
Of course Liverpool chiefs are hesitant to wait that long, particularly as the interest grows from the likes of Real Madrid. Amidst the chaos that generally ensues in a transfer window the chances of Sterling pushing for an exit would be greatly enhanced but at the moment it appears the Reds have shot themselves in the foot.
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Sterling’s primary concern at Liverpool is believed - as per the Mail - to stem from the fact that Brendan Rodgers is deploying him as more of a wing-back rather than in the front three forward positions. The 20-year-old is confident in his ability to excel if given the opportunity to orchestrate in the final third and might well use his contract talks as an ultimatum to get what he wants.
Sterling further forward
Indeed he’s impressed there when given the chance, most recently during England’s 4-0 Euro 2016 victory over Lithuania, and so Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group, might need to reconsider their approach.
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Sterling is back on Merseyside this week after heading home to recover from a toe injury sustained at Wembley last Friday, and he’ll now be aiming to be fit in time for next weekend’s meet with Arsenal.
That fixture has taken on a new significance with rumours inferring that the Gunners have made tentative enquiries into his availability and that Arsene Wenger is interested in striking a deal.
Doing right by Liverpool
Whilst it can be taken as a safe bet that Rodgers has no inclination whatsoever to sell to an English rival the decision might ultimately be out of his hands; the longer Sterling’s contract dispute continues the more chance there is of him being prised away by another club.
Given how well he’s fared during his time at Anfield the playmaker probably owes it to the fans and the club to stay there for at least one more season before seeking pastures new. Leaving for a club like Arsenal, who are in a similar position to Liverpool, wouldn’t see him do right by the team that has transformed him into a world star.
However leaving for a team due to a longing to compete for major silverware is a different prospect entirely, and could well be the deciding factor in whether or not he stays or goes.
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