Former-Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton has jumped to Raheem's Sterling defence amidst reports that the youngster is set to demand a transfer away from Liverpool, according to BBC Sport.
The 20-year-old has come under fire after expressing unhappiness playing for Brendan Rodgers' side, with whom he doesn't feel that he can challenge for trophies, and has set his sights on a club with greater prospects.
And Sutton, who joined Chelsea in 1999 following Blackburn's relegation from the Premier League, insists that the criticism aimed at Sterling is unfair.
"I don't think it's about the money," he said, alluding to Sterling rejecting a new £100,000-per-week deal.
"[He] only wants to go to a big club."
Such comments will undoubtedly infuriate the likes of Liverpool legends Jamie Carragher and John Barnes, who have both condemned Sterling's decision to part ways with a club of the Reds' stature in the last few days.
Sutton, though, used Liverpool's failings at both domestic and European level to justify Sterling's motives to quit Merseyside.
"Should we be criticising Sterling for being ambitious and wanting to win trophies?" he told BBC Radio 5 live.
"Liverpool have spent one season in six in the Champions League and have won one trophy in the last nine years."
Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea, who can all offer Sterling European football, are said to be keeping tabs on the Englishman's situation, with the winger set to hold talks with Liverpool this week regarding his future.
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