Raheem Sterling's antics have now gone past the point where Liverpool can expect to peacefully resolve the situation and get the player to sign a new contract.
Earlier this week, Sterling reportedly told Liverpool that he does not want to travel with them on their Far East Tour. He obviously wants to stay and home and force a move through ASAP, thus confirming he has no respect for a club that gave him his chance in the Premier League, and who also gave him time off in the middle of winter to enjoy himself on a Caribbean holiday.
It has become patently obvious that Sterling believes he is a player who is too good to play for a football club like Liverpool, and should be playing at the very highest level, or so he and his agent think.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250 word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
His agent has obviously decided that he will be able to earn some serious money if Sterling signs for another club for a fee in the region of £50million, with it also being reported that if Liverpool do sell Sterling for that figure the player himself will receive somewhere in the region of £4m.
Agent at fault?
Remember also, that this is the agent who advised Sterling to give an interview with the BBC, so that he could try and explain that he was not a money grabber and he only wants to win titles.
As it happens it might have escaped Sterling's notice that the club he and his agent are angling a move to, Manchester City, did not win a trophy last season, and that scenario could well happen again this coming season.
If that does happen, would Sterling and his entourage decide it's time to move on again? Any club signing him might need to think very carefully about what could happen in the future with the player.
As for Mr. Ward, he is an agent who used to work for Impact Sports Management and Rob Segal, both respected names in the business before he decided to go it alone. As for his rant towards Jamie Carragher quite simply it was laughable, and any clubs that might have to deal with him in the future would be well advised to have a psychiatrist on hand should Mr. Ward start ranting and raving at them.
A question of talent?
Sterling is a very good young player and quite possibly even a special talent if handled correctly. As for being worth £50m, I don't think so. He has played 92 Premier League games for Liverpool and scored 18 goals, 50% of those goals were in the season when Liverpool finished runners-up in the league.
Any player worth his salt, playing alongside Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in the form they were in, would have probably scored more, as they were that good going forward.
Any club buying players in the transfer window should be on the lookout for players who have produced the goods on a regular basis.
Yes, you should also pay for potential, but most definitely not top dollar. Manchester City are panicking because they need to increase their quota of English players. Liverpool would do well to say yes to City. You want him, he's yours for £50m and not a penny less.
Liverpool could then use that money to get two if not three players, who are equally as good, if not better than Sterling and would improve the side. A bonus could be that they actually might even want to play for the club and not want to play football just for money like Sterling.
Do you think Liverpool should sell Sterling or not? Let us know what you believe in the comments box below.