Denis Cheryshev should replace Raheem Sterling at Liverpool

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Raheem Sterling's expected move to Manchester City from Liverpool should be concluded in the near future bringing to an end a situation full of rancour and animosity.

The youngster has hardly covered himself in glory during the process. It's one thing to be ambitious and want the very best, quite another how you set out to achieve the same.

In any event, Sterling has made his bed - or rather his agent has made it for him - and now he has to lie in it.


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Once the ink is dry on a mouth-watering £49 million deal, Brendan Rodgers can set about bringing in his replacement.


Rodgers, never one to rest on his laurels, has already made a bid of £22 million for Real Madrid's Denis Cheryshev, per Neil Moxley of the Daily Mirror, and the Russian will fill the hole that will be left by the youngster.

Should the purchase conclude successfully, and there's no reason to think that it won't considering Cheryshev is surplus to requirements, Rodgers will have got himself a bargain.

Liverpool supporters concerned at their manager's track record in the transfer market should rest easy on this one.

Loans to Sevilla and Villarreal should be looked upon as a positive rather then negative.

As with Barcelona at present, Real have an embarrassment of riches in attack and whilst Cheryshev is the real deal, he's no Ronaldo or Bale.

If needs be, look at Alvaro Morata as another high-quality exponent who has suffered because of a need to play "the Galacticos."

Morata has come to the forefront because of Juventus' involvement in the Champions League whereas Cheryshev has been in the shadows somewhat.


But he is a player that will excite the Anfield faithful.

Lightning-fast, he is as quick as Sterling over 60 yards but where he trumps England's golden boy is his strength, application and desire.

What also marks him out is just how direct he is. Give him the ball and Cheryshev will drive right at the heart of the opposition defence, unsettling them in the process.

Send him down the line and it will take more than one covering defender to dent his progress.

And he is decisive when given the opportunity. Six goals and nine assists doesn't sound an awful lot for a wide man but it compares favourably to Sterlings eight goals and eight assists.

Saving yourself £27million into the deal is decent business from the Irishman and it potentially allows Rodgers to go out and buy one more marquee signing should he so desire.

One to watch

Sharp, inventive and an incisive football brain, Cheryshev could be the cherry on the icing on the cake for Liverpool.

Barcelona are no mugs and he was Villarreal's most effective player against them in the Copa Del Rey and very nearly earned them a draw in their first leg at Camp Nou.

The Blaugrana and almost every other Spanish side will attest to how difficult it is to take the ball from Cheryshev when in full flight.

Most definitely one to watch next season. 

Raheem who?

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