Raheem Sterling has been by far the best thing about Liverpool’s 2012-13 campaign up to now. After weeks of speculation about whether or not Sterling will sign a new contract with Liverpool, he is close to quitting, if The Daily Mail are to be believed.
Liverpool continue to under-perform in the Premier League, finding themselves in an unwanted yet deserved 11th place, Raheem Sterling seems to be the only thing improving in a poor Liverpool side. There have been few positives in the Merseyside club’s season so far but Sterling’s rise into the first team has been one of them. The young winger has gone from strength to strength since breaking into the starting 11 and is now considered by many to be one of the best talents to come out of England in recent years.
Sterling, unbelievably, turns 18 in just 6 days time and already has 25 competitive games for Liverpool under his belt. Brendan Rodgers has been quoted as saying Sterling would be “very foolish” not to sign a new contract with Liverpool in an attempt to speed up contract negotiations with the player. However, this seems to have had the adverse effect and highlighted to other clubs that Sterling’s relationship with Liverpool and Rodgers may not be all hunky-dory.
Brendan Rodgers is more likely to be concentrating on incoming, rather than outgoing, players as he seeks another striker to release some of the heavy goalscoring burden from Luis Suarez’s shoulders. On the other hand, Liverpool bosses may see the opportunity to sell Sterling, a player still in the early developmental stages of his career, to raise funds for a much-needed top-level striker who is already at the peak of his ability.
If Liverpool were to sell Sterling, however reluctant they may be, then surely Manchester City would be one of the best clubs to sell him to as they are likely to get a high transfer fee which can be subsequently used to purchase a necessary goalscorer. Sterling is a typical Mancini signing – bags of youth and potential – and I can’t find many reasons why they wouldn’t want to sign a player who could accomplish so much.