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Danny Murphy tips Raheem Sterling to leave Liverpool

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Former Liverpool legend Danny Murphy believes that in-demand Raheem Sterling could leave the club this summer. 

The England international rejected a new £70,000-a-week contract earlier this year and doubt has surrounded his future ever since. 

Potential suitors include Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City, who are all reported to be interested in a summer deal for the forward. 

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Departure possible

Meanwhile former Kop legend Danny Murphy believes that Sterling will be snapped up this summer, but Brendan Rodgers must spend more wisely than he did last season. 

Following the sale of Luis Suarez for £75million, Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren, Mario Ballotelli, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can were all bought in by manager Brendan Rodgers at the end of last season.

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"I'm in the camp of thinking Raheem Sterling might be off," he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. "That would be a huge negative. The club then has to use the money to bring in more players, but are the people in charge of recruitment doing the job well enough? I would question that." 

But despite the spending spree, the majority of the new transfers have failed to perform for Liverpool this season, and Murphy wants more from potential signings. 

“I know Brendan has said that he does have a say on the players and he is involved in the process. I hope he is because ultimately he’s the one being judged on them. The signings haven’t been brilliant.

"Have the signings worked? £19m on Lazar Markovic, yes he’s talented but has he’s not produced yet. Rickie Lambert hasn’t played enough, Fabio Borini was £10m. Mario Balotelli was £16m, he’s not worked. Dejan Lovren, who cost £20m, has hardly played. Is £18m Mamadou Sakho the answer? That’s where I would put the question mark," added Murphy. 

Doubt

Further doubt about Sterling's future was raised yesterday when it was reported that the forward was set to buy out the final year of his contract in order to seal a move to Chelsea. 

The England international would have to fork out up to £1.7million to free himself from his current deal, but that would leave Sterling free to join Chelsea in the summer. 

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