Former Liverpool great John Aldridge has expressed his feelings around the Raheem Sterling saga with his ex-club Liverpool. According to Aldridge, they should sell the England international because he believes that the story is making a mockery of the club.
Sterling is currently a major interest for Manchester City who have had two bids for the winger turned down so far during this transfer saga. According to Sterling he believes that Liverpool must sell sterling and that if they do it would be a "win win" situation for the club as they have a replacement in Jordan Ibe whom Aldridge believes to be a better player.
Manchester City have twice offered £40 million for the 20-year-old but Liverpool value him at £50 million. Aldridge believes that Liverpool should sell Sterling before pre season begins as it would arguably disrupt the squad if he was to leave half way throughout.
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Aldridge told Kicca: "Brendan Rodgers should let Raheem Sterling leave for Manchester City now. 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."
Liverpool fans will be desperate for the Sterling transfer to be confirmed one way or the other, even if it means letting Sterling leave for less money. Aldridge certainly has a point when he claims that Sterling is making a mockery of the famous club. Sky Sports pundit and ex-Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher made the same point speaking for Sky about the Sterling saga.
Carragher stated: “keep your mouth shut” and “get on with playing football”. These are arguably wise words for the 20-year-old who is supposedly being led by his agent in terms of the transfer.
According to Sky Sports, Sterling's agent has been making the decisions regarding the situation. Speaking to Monday Night Football in May, Carragher said, “The lad is from London and he obviously wants to go back home. It might not be about money.
"It may be about trophies or playing in the Champions League. If it’s about trophies, Liverpool had a chance for a trophy this year, in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Aston Villa. Where was Sterling? If you want trophies, they don’t get given to you, you have to earn them, you have to play well in big games. What did Liverpool do in the Champions League? Nothing. What did Sterling do? Nothing."
Liverpool fans will want this whole story to be over as quickly as possible so that the team can move on and start pre-season fresh. As it stands, it seems Sterling will be playing in the sky blue shirts of Manchester City next season. With the money they make however it will greatly benefit Brendan Rodgers who will be able to use the money to make important signings so they Liverpool can push for a Champions League spot next season.
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