Jamie Carragher was most displeased last month after Raheem Sterling’s demand to move to another club. And who could blame him?
In the same month, the Anfield faithful were blinded by tears as they watched their captain walk out onto the field in a reds shirt for the last time after 710 appearances and 186 goals scored.
With Manchester United expecting to table an offer of £25 million, according to The Mirror, and with newly instated Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez expressing his admiration for Liverpool’s youngster, one has to wonder: what is so special about Raheem Sterling?
As Carragher pointed out, “Liverpool had a chance for a trophy this year, in the FA Cup against Aston Villa. Where was Sterling?” It has not been his worst season, and he repaid his manager’s faith with seven goals and seven assists in the Premier League, but does this warrant his price tag?
There is no doubt about his ability. Fast, nifty, always a threat, whether it is cutting in from the left, bursting into the box, or hugging the line and clipping in a cross, Sterling can cause any teams problems.
With Divock Origi arriving in the summer, and Emre Can claiming he wants to fill in Gerrard’s boots, Liverpool could do with their speedster. Should he make a proposed move to Manchester United (as unlikely as it may seem) he would be facing fierce competition from such players as Angel di Maria, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj.
Perhaps the competitiveness will make him work harder to fight for a place in the team? Or maybe he will burn out? Should he go, should he stay? It is, of course, his and the club’s decision to make, however fellow youngster, Origi has something to say that Sterling should pay attention to.
Speaking to Liverpool FC’s official website, Origi claimed that “The manager is one of the reasons I came to Liverpool - he's someone who has proven he knows how to work with young players, knows how to develop young players and also lets them play.”
With Brendan Rodgers staying on, Sterling may have his best shot at superstardom yet, and could be a key player in helping Liverpool win trophies in the coming seasons. But a move away may see him turn into an almighty flop like so many young players these days.
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