Raheem Sterling, a young man apparently with the world of football at his feet has turned his nose up at Liverpool FC. It's easy to berate him for refusing to sign a £200,000 per week contract, easy to accuse him of being disloyal and disrespectful towards his employers, team mates and fans.
It's easy to say he is not good enough yet, too young and impudent and some say a spoilt brat.
The fact is he is good enough to interest the top clubs in world football and in the end the market decides his price and pay......not Sterling. What does he truly owe Liverpool? Just because they don't want him to go, doesn't mean it is the right thing for him.
He is not bound by cultural ties like Gerrard and in the end Liverpool were unable to reward his loyalty with more trophies.
As outraged as some people are, especially the Liverpool FC ensemble, he is merely a pawn in an outlandish game of 'keeping up with the Jones's' where only the worlds richest people are able to play. Liverpool are, regrettably for them, not a member of this most exclusive of clubs.
He and his agent may feel in control and are about to make colossal amounts of money, but in reality they are both Puppets of mysterious money men.
Raheem would be well advised to pick his next manager and club very carefully because he still has a lot of developing to do in every sense of the word, emotionally, tactically and physically. In the wrong hands his promise could easily be crushed under the impatient weight of expectation.