Raheem Sterling should be sold this summer and 'can't think for himself', according to ex-Liverpool striker John Aldridge.
The former Republic of Ireland international enjoyed two impressive seasons at Anfield after joining back in 1987, although he's perhaps best remembered for missing a penalty in the FA Cup final defeat to Wimbledon.
Despite his limited period of action at Anfield, he's fondly remembered by supporters and regularly contributes to the club's official website.
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With that in mind, it's perhaps a surprise to hear the 56-year-old criticise a current Liverpool player so openly, with Aldridge suggesting it might be time to cash-in on the winger. He also suggested it would be a 'win-win' situation for all involved.
"Brendan Rodgers should let Raheem Sterling leave for Manchester City now," he wrote on Kicca.
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"The sooner he leaves the better for all involved. All this transfer talk is making a mockery of Liverpool Football Club.
"Raheem is obviously a hugely talented player but Liverpool have a top replacement in Jordon Ibe. I think he's got as much, if not more, potential than Raheem and will go on to be a better player."
Too young to think
Aldridge then went on to make his 'too young to think' accusation, pointing the finger at agent Aidy Ward for the recent goings on that have put huge scrutiny on the England international's future.
"Sterling is obviously too young to think for himself so his agent [Aidy Ward] has been doing his thinking for him. For the sake of Liverpool Football Club they should take the millions on offer and then everybody will be better off," he added.
"Raheem will be a bit richer and Liverpool will be rid of a player who doesn't want to play for the club. It's a win-win. Manchester City are a big club and Raheem will get paid well and play Champions League football so he will be happy."
Sterling's career so far
Sterling, 20, joined the Reds from QPR back in 2010, and went on to make his debut at the end of the 2011/12 season under former boss Kenny Dalglish.
Following Rodgers' appointment the following summer, he featured more regularly in the Liverpool side the following year and became a first team regular two seasons ago.
International recognition also came the youngsters way, making his debut for England in 2012 amidst interest from Jamaica. He's since become a regular for the Three Lions under manager Roy Hodgson.
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