After a very quick sanity check I did realise in the time I had spent working that day, I had not crossed over into a different dimension in which Liverpool and Manchester United held close family ties. Another check informed me that it was not April Fools or some other National Wind Up Day.
A story such as this suggests, from the outside looking in, that Impact Management (the agency looking after Sterling) view Sterling as nothing other than a commodity and money making machine for them.
In what other way could you treat this latest episode of a saga that is going to drag on all summer (unfortunately)? Liverpool fans would find it easier to forgive the man walking into their homes and urinating on their cats than pursuing a transfer to Old Trafford.
You have to start feeling for the boy being managed in this way. The stakes so high because, if he does not leave, the fans are left trying to support a man who has indicated that, not only does he want to leave, but he wants to join the mortal enemy.
I cannot remember a similar situation in this country in living times. In fact it is as far back as 1938 that the last player crossed the great divide of the M62. If FSG refuse to sell, the poor lad is going to be left foraging a very lonely season. Possibly he is gong to be in and out of the team as such mind games will surely cause issues with form and only stagnate his progress. This ‘commodity’ is not Luis Suarez and but I am starting to believe that the Sterling camp believe this is déjà vu from a year ago.
The very real danger here is that the moneymen ruin a potentially world class talent. At the moment, his final pass and finishing and still below par and there are times when he seems to run out of strength and ends up passing the ball towards goal and not shooting.
Sterling is at the crossroads, nothing more and nothing less, and there is still of room to develop. This lad could quite easily fall by the wayside and join the very lengthy list of nearly-men who have played the game.
Surely the most logical scenario would be to sign a contract between the huge demands that have been made and what he is being paid at the moment. Make it clear to all that should Real Madrid or Barcelona meet a buy out clause he would leave but, until that day, he would get his head down, develop his game in an environment that will allow him to and win back the supporters.
If after this new contract the big two in Spain did not come calling, then you sit down and talk about a deal that is more like the current demands. As long as he has demonstrated he is worth it.
Impact Management are trying to bully the club and the collateral damage could be a young man's future. At times like this I long for days gone by when football was not tainted by so much money and players wanted to play for the love of the game not what they or their advisers can rip out of it. The shortfall eventually cascades down into fans' pockets.
If you want my number Raheem, I am happy to have a chat.
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