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Sterling should be sold this Summer

Poor old Raheem Sterling, you could almost feel sorry for him. Almost. raheem

It is being widely reported that the 20 year-old will tell Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre on Friday that he wants a move away from the club.

The BBC have reported that the England forward has already told manager Brendan Rodgers that he is looking to leave Anfield this Summer.

This latest leak to the media comes just over a month after Sterling gave an interview to the Beeb, apparently without the consent or prior knowledge of Liverpool Football Club. In the interview, the winger admitted to turning down a $100,000 per week deal to stay at the club. Suffice to say, he didn’t win too many friends after the interview was aired on national TV. But where did this sense of entitlement come from?

Rodgers went on record as saying that ‘Sterling was the best young player in Europe’ in April last year. There are some pretty good young players playing their trade in Europe right now. One of them, Brazilian forward Neymar, earns – According to Forbes magazine – $74million over his five-year contract. This mammoth deal equates to just under $80,000 per week. bren

Last September the Daily Mail reported that Paul Pogba was earning a comparatively meagre $23,000 per week at Italian Champions Juventus. The French international is said to be a target of the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Summer, and will line up against Neymar when Juve take on Barcelona in the Champions League Final in early June.

Looking at the domestic scene, it has been reported in the last couple of days that Tottenham Hotspur will offer striker Harry Kane a $60,000 per week deal following his superb goal scoring season. Bear in mind that Kane has found the net 20 times in the Premier League this season, compared to Sterling’s 11 in all competitions for the Reds.

You could argue that Sterling is more of a goal provider than a goal scorer, yet his team mate Jordan Henderson has managed more assists than him in the Premier League this season. So too has Matty Phillips, of relegated QPR and Jamie Vardy who was playing non-league football not too long ago.

But then I suppose if your manager tells you that you are better than all these players, maybe you can be forgiven for expecting to be paid more than them too. Rodgers has to take some responsibility for the situation the club and player currently find themselves in.

Still, the sympathy well runs dry when you rewatch Sterling’s BBC interview from April 1st. He denies being a ‘money-grabber’ and that he has more interest in winning trophies.

So, hypothetically speaking, if Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea or any of the continents top trophy winning sides had a bid for the player accepted, do we really think he’d join them for say $60,000 or even $80,000 per week?

However, Sterling is said to feel ‘bullied’ into signing a new deal by Liverpool. It was also reported that he feels the club hasn’t done enough to protect him from the media. Yes, seriously. The man who, off his own back, undertook an unsanctioned interview on national TV!

Liverpool should let Sterling go this Summer. He still has a further two years left on his current, $35,000 per week deal, so the club can demand top dollar from any of his potential suitors.

sterlsThe player seems to have decided a move away from the club would be beneficial. So to have a section of the club’s supporters, who heckled the England international when he collected the club’s Young Player of the Year Award on Tuesday night.

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