Arsenal hero Sol Campbell has insisted that Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling is in need of protection as he goes in search of succeeding in the game.
As reported by The Guardian, the ex-England man has told the PFA to wake up and help the youngster, who has endured difficulties away from the pitch in recent time.
Having been involved in contract issues with Liverpool as well as being slammed for inhaling laughing gas, Sterling's endured a tricky couple of months, however Campbell has insisted that these things will happen and he must not be destroyed because of it.
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Speaking about the wide-man, Campbell said: “He’s one of the most talented English players coming out of this country. Do not destroy him. Wayne Rooney did a lot of stuff, he got some flack, but it was almost overlooked. ‘Oh, you’ve been a bad boy, let’s overlook it again.’
"Raheem Sterling is one of the most talented men coming out of this country. Wake up. PFA, wake up, press wake up and protect this boy.”
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“Do. Not. Destroy. That. Man. Yes, he’s young, yes, things will happen, and pay him the money because he’s worth it.”
There's no doubt about it, Liverpool fans will be hoping that Sterling receives the right kind of advice as he goes in search of a successful career.
Of course, at Anfield, Sterling could achieve great things, but it's far from certain as to whether he will commit his future with the club for the long term.
For now, though, the player will be hoping to produce the goods over the final month of the season before making a decision regarding his future in the game. It's set to be a huge summer for the player.
It's not easy
It's easy to forget sometimes that, despite earning incredible amounts of money, Sterling is only 20-years-old, and still maturing as a footballer and a man.
Ultimately, if those around the player are leading him down the right path, then he has a better chance of succeeding in the game, but it's not always easy being such a high profile name at such a young age.
To an extent, Campbell is right: Sterling needs and deserves protection, but he, too, must prove his commitment to the cause.
Liverpool - and England - have an exceptional player at their disposal, who may well reach the very top, but it's crucial he's given every chance to succeed. If he fails to take it, then that will be his problem.
Liverpool fans: Do you expect Sterling to stay on at your club? Have your say in the comments section below!