Harry Redknapp believes Raheem Sterling has already struck an agreement with another club and is set to leave Liverpool this summer.
The 20-year-old has caused plenty of controversy this season after rejecting a £100,000-a-week deal with the Anfield outfit earlier this year.
His agent has since confirmed that Sterling will refuse any deal to extend his current contract, which expires in two-years time and a number of clubs, including Arsenal, Manchester City, United and Chelsea have been linked with a summer bid.
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It seems Brendan Rodgers is ready to dig their heels in over Sterling's tough stance and will try their very best to keep the England international at the club.
"There's a deal lined up somewhere, we mustn't kid ourselves"
However, Redknapp has questioned the idea of keeping a player against his will and also believes that Sterling's agent has already struck an agreement in a bid to fast-track and exit from Merseyside.
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Speaking to Kicca.com, he said: "What are you going to get out of Raheem Sterling if you force him to stay against his wishes?
"There's somebody who's spoken to his agent, there's no danger, there's a deal lined up somewhere, we mustn't kid ourselves.
"There isn't a transfer that gets done where someone hasn't spoken to somebody, it's all done that way.
"So whatever club it is in this country, they'd have made an offer, they'd have had a meeting with the agent and someone and there'll be a deal on the table, 'This is what we'll give him, this is the deal, 150 grand-a-week.'
You've got to sell him
"He wants it, suddenly you say 'No you're not going,' how's he going to play? I know he's not going to not try, he wouldn't do that, he's got to go out and try, but if his head's not right you've got a problem.
"So you've got to try and get him in on his own, talk to him and say 'Look, we want you to stay' and if he says 'Well, I don't want to stay' then I think you've got to sell him."
Where is he going?
Manchester City seem the club most willing to pay big to bag Sterling but first-team football ma come at a premium at the Etihad.
So many of England's stars have gone to play at City only to find themselves rotting on the bench. There is also strong interest from Manchester United, but Liverpool would sooner send Sterling to the reserves than to Old Trafford.
Sterling seems to be keen to return to London where he grew up, meaning Chelsea and Arsenal have a significant edge, but whether Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are willing to spend the money required is another matter entirely.
Where do you think Raheem Sterling is going?