25 May 2015

Angry legend blasts: Liverpool must sell 'poor' attacker 'ASAP' and sign £30m Premier League goal-machine

The fallout continues. Reds legend John Aldridge has launched a scathing attack on contract rebel Raheem Sterling, and he's urged Liverpool to sell The Mercenary 'as soon as possible'.

In his column today for Sunday World, Aldo described Sterling - reportedly the subject of a £26m bid from Real Madrid in January - as merely a 'decent' talent; labelled his agent a 'clown; and explained why Liverpool should sell ASAP:

"[The Mercenary] is no Luis Suarez. He has done okay...but for him to be holding Liverpool to ransom at this stage of his career is ridiculous.

"[He] has loads of flaws in his game; his conversion rate is poor and his final ball leaves a hell of a lot to be desired".

"Liverpool should go and get Christian Benteke [value: £30m] as that guy would guarantee 20 goals next season"


Also is spot on here, and I've argued the same thing over and over again: Sterling is *easily* replaceable, and will not be missed in the slightest.

After all, what's to miss?

* Seven league goals all season.

* Sep to Dec 2014: 18 games without a goal

* Feb to May 2015: 1 goal in 15 games.

* 9% conversion rate for the season (all competitions)

* One shot on target every 86 minutes.

* Scores a goal every 11 shots.

* Scores one goal every 410 minutes (1 every 4.5 games).

* Failed to score/assist in 71% of Liverpool's games this season (37 out of 52 games).

* 16th in the Premier League assists table, with players like Jamie Vardy, Chris Brunt, Matthew Phillips, and Stewart Downing ahead of him.

* 31st in the Premier League goalscorers table (!)

Stats: OPTA

These are the brutal facts about Sterling, yet some fans still insist that he's going to be hard to replace.

On a related note: it's now four days since Sterling's Agent publicly dissed Liverpool, and The Mercenary *still* hasn't made a public statement distancing himself from such disrespectful comments.

In my view, this is the most damning indictment of Sterling. If it was me, I'd be desperate to make it clear that the comments did not reflect my personal view of Liverpool FC, or of Jamie Carragher, but The Mercenary has said *nothing*, which suggests tacit agreement with his 'clown' of an agent.



Sterling is more than happy to conduct a long TV interview with BBC to clear up apparent 'misconceptions' about his contract status, but when it comes to Liverpool being publicly disrespected, he can't find the time to clarify his position and/or make it clear that he doesn't share his agent's view.

It's an absolute disgrace, and to add insult to injury, The Mercenary is still being paid his massive salary, which means he's basically being paid to show utter contempt for Liverpool.

Sterling should never play for Liverpool again.

Author: Jaimie K



178 comments:

  1. Talking of shots on target...

    ...we had to wait well over an hour before we mustered one yesterday.

    By which time, we were 5 goals down. Pitiful : (

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  2. Sterling is nothing - would not get into the Argentina Squad - he cant even control the ball - In South America they laugh at him - See him as BIG JOKE

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  3. He's only twenty and going to be great

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  4. Don't know how much of the affect his word has, but he shouldn't be trashing publicly a player we should sell?

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  5. Don't start him off you can't stop him chatting once he starts

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  6. An outstanding mercenary..

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  7. Do you know I am the only one he ever replied? Now I feel like we understand each other with no words. I just can't help myself writing them..

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  8. John Aldridge or JK?

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  9. If it was JK Sterling's value would be below zero by now..

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  10. I have had a change of mind regarding Sterling (again). I think he has been harshly treated by the fans offlate. His agent stating that Sterling won't sign a contract worth 900k a week means that money is not the only issue here. Sterling has been with Liverpool for five years now and he has never moaned about anything publicly. The way BR treated Sterling on Sunday was even worse. If he didn't want to use to Sterling then why was he even included in the match day squad? To suffer abuse? I am sure he would have gone through all sorts of abuse yesterday and he is just 20 year old. His immaturity is understandable and BR has again handled him quite poorly. I am sure wages is one of the factors in Sterling's contract saga but it might not be the decisive factor.

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  11. Theycallmemrburt9:25 pm, May 25, 2015

    It always boggled my tiny mind why and how Sterling got into the side over Suso and Pacheco Pacheco in the first place. BUT that's BR all over, he prefers genuine pace over talent in the wide areas and overall isn't a fan of real flair. At Swansea he had Dyer and Sinclair on the flanks and although they are not poor players their only real asset is their pace. This is fine when teams want to attack you and you can hit them on the counter but when teams sit back and deny the bigger sides space whats called for are wide players who are technically excellent at striking the ball or are consistently able to beat players in tight areas. Lallana and Ibe have the potential to do this but Sterling and Markovic are rendered null and void in such games. I'm hoping we go back to a 4-4-2 Man City style as this 4-3-3 style as Chelsea and Man city proved under Mancini needs a hell of a lot of money thrown at it.

    Finally, isn't it odd that our only real financial outlays under FSG have come off the back of selling Torres and Suarez? AND under extremely controversial circumstances? I is almost as though there is some sort of PR stunt played by FSG to appease the fans and make FSG look like the fall guys in return for the players freedom and Liverpool's saving of face. I personally don't believe for a second that FSG aren't milking it because they will be quick to spend the Sterling money in the summer with only about £10-15 mill of their own cash going in.

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  12. If he was being chased by Real in January money may not be a much of a factor at all

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  13. No factor is good enough not to sign the new deal. Money is (more than) good, and he owes it to Liverpool as the club gave him so much during these 5 years.

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  14. He still tries his best whenever he plays. I know he has been poor but we have been poor collectively this season tbh.

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  15. BS. He owes nothing to Liverpool. Gerrard wasn't offered a new contract after giving 16 years to Liverpool. Did Liverpool owe him a contract? No. Loyalty is dead...Both ways.

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  16. Yes Jamie spot on I could not have wrote that any better. I actually feel less angry about the situation reading that ahaha

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  17. John Aldridge does not have any position in the club so his personal view does not necessarily reflect that of Liverpool Football Club.

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  18. Theycallmemrburt9:32 pm, May 25, 2015

    I agree. I have no problem with Sterling going or wanting better. As a brown player his chances of moving into management when he retires are almost nil so he should make as much as he can now because his career will almost definitely be shorter than for example Roy Keane or Shearer who have a management job waiting almost anytime they want it.

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  19. The fact Liverpool showed no loyalty to someone else does not mean Sterling wasn't given everything he could have possibly earned and more, and should offer a bit of loyalty. Loyalty as in-ok I'll sign a new deal but you have to let me go for a decent price when the club I want to go to comes calling- nothing more.

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  20. I know, just the marketing..

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  21. Sell sterling ok, but do not buy benteke! Another Andy Carroll

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  22. To be honest, we can not ask for a better deal than 63 M plus Steven Jovetic. Any sound mind would take it.

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  23. Brown as in sh!t? Is that really the case, the race thing?

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  24. Should not be a problem, IMO, everyone and his dog (including Stuart) knows by know we want to get rid and he wants to jump ship

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  25. If he wants to go then it makes no sense to sign a new contract for both the parties. Sterling just won Europe's Golden Boy award ahead of players like Deepay. If there are more successful clubs interested in him then he is right to consider his options. Do you think Liverpool would have given him new 100k per week contract if there were other better players in the squad? No.

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  26. Yup, could not spot it;)

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  27. Theycallmemrburt9:38 pm, May 25, 2015

    I just get the feeling Aidy Ward is a man who will tell it as it is and remind his brown players about the inconsistencies in the game. Berahino and Sterling are pumped at the moment. I get the feeling they are definately making a stand and making it clear that they are going to get theirs quick fast and in a hurry.


    the facts are I'm right on the management thing. Ashley Cole with 100+ caps will find it difficult to get a management job, whereas Lampard with 100+ caps...................

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  28. Does Sterling not earn between +-£40k a week? I am pretty sure even Joe Allen earns more than that. Not a massive wage in any shape or form.

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  29. Why are you mentioning Argentina? Have I missed something?

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  30. Theycallmemrburt9:39 pm, May 25, 2015

    Les Ferdinand hired him as director of football

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  31. It makes sense because it gETs more money for Liverpool, and he does owe it to the club who gave him the chance and made him the golden boy and England international.

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  32. Theycallmemrburt9:40 pm, May 25, 2015

    they were both at Tottenham together. Ramsey is going to be a rarity unfortunately. As is Chris Powell

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  33. Yes, but that is only because the loving boy does'n care about money, even it is say £1 M a week

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  34. Theycallmemrburt9:41 pm, May 25, 2015

    Sterling is an average player though I agree

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  35. Please edit that Orme

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  36. Liverpool will get the money anyway. He is English...young..highly rated. Liverpool will get good money regardless of new contract am sure of it.

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  37. I would call it a start rather than a rarity.

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  38. Sterling being not only far better, faster and stronger have nothing to do with it then. Not sure why I replied obviously no point. Anyone with eyes should see who the better player was out of those three if not you should probably start watching something else.

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  39. Theycallmemrburt9:45 pm, May 25, 2015

    The unfortunate thing is it took a man of colour 'Fernandes' to hire a man of colour 'Ferdinand' in order for Ramsey to get his chance.

    But yes, a start it is none the less. There are no guarantees however that Sterling no matter how good he turns out to be will get a shot at the big time in management terms

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  40. It's quite simple Argentina is in Africa so with his Jamaican connection he can play for any of those Countries.

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  41. I am not. And even if we do he will be regarded as a c@nt, and quite deservedly so.. If he leaves..

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  42. Pacheco is not even playing in the Tier 1 league anymore. Sterling is one of the best young players in Europe, no doubt.

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  43. He has been sh!t last 6 weeks at least? I am entitled to be p!ssed, right?

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  44. Its really irrelevant right now. You are trying to divert the topic. Why on earth should we discuss 20 year old's management prospects right now?

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  45. I had to look that word up and found it means hypocritical and sanctimonious....hmmm

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  46. Ok but I disagree

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  47. for us on the page at least who click on -one new comment below-..

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  48. Rejecting £100k a week which LFC offered to him to sign a new contract. He would be one of LFC's highest earners with the likes of Johnson and Gerrard leaving.


    How can his refusal to sign a contract at the age of 20 at £100k a week just be about money? He most likely would be one of the highest paid youngsters in Europe if he accepts. It would be more than double what he is earning now. He simply is not going to achieve any success in LFC's CURRENT situation so accepting £100k a week from another club who can offer success surely would be an attractive option.

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  49. Really, disregarding Gerrard contract situation and emotions, from strictly business point of view- the contractor had not done enough for the employee to demand bit of loyalty?

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  50. I know he's going but I wish he wasn't .


    Though clearly we can manage perfectly well without him;-/

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  51. So is that your way of revealing your nationality? Besides..if Palacio can make into Argentina squad ..Sterling definitely can..!

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  52. Believe me, you cannot believe the level of excitement I had when he made his debut under KK...against Wigan.. how times change...

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  53. Theycallmemrburt9:55 pm, May 25, 2015

    Im not sure why people get so uptight about history or the facts. History will ALWAYS be relevant. My point is.... sighs...... statistically Sterling has a potentially shorter career than other races in the game. Surely we should take this into account IF indeed HE has taken it into account

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  54. No. Football is market driven. No player or club shows loyalty to each other nowadays and we shouldn't expect it either.

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  55. It could be misinterpreted imo

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  56. Theycallmemrburt9:58 pm, May 25, 2015

    Liverpool have destroyed the careers of many many young players over the years. Confidence is such a crucial factor to all young players and I believe we fractured his. He won the golden boot in the under 20 tournament a few years back and we bought Andy Carroll.

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  57. No..am sure that theory is not in his or his agents mind. Probably its only cooking in your mind.

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  58. And yet your comment was removed, not mine..

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  59. Spanish media reporting Rafa will be appointed Real Madrid boss.

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  60. Theycallmemrburt10:02 pm, May 25, 2015

    you're "sure" and therein lies part of the problem

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  61. I will try to follow Real as much as I can if that happens, will be so amusing...

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  62. Theycallmemrburt10:03 pm, May 25, 2015

    because it will probably take another 20 years before we even begin to approach equality.

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  63. I have special canine powers

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  64. Hmm..I don't know what to say. It really doesn't make sense if you compare the events of our academy player winning U20 golden boot and our senior squad buying a marquee striker for 35mn. I agree that its hard for young players to break into the team and Liverpool might have neglected few talents (Suso) but they can still prove themselves when given opportunity (loan spell). Pacheco was sent for loan on few occasions and he didn't really take the opportunity. If players really have it in them then they can surely find a way to accelerate their career. Wisdom, Kelly, Shelvey, etc are players who made it in the top flight with or without Liverpool. If Pacheco had it in him...he would have been still playing for a top level club.

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  65. Madrid fans are not happy at all.

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  66. Well they wanted BR

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  67. as were chelsea fans... but i get it.. i liked most of what rafa did at liverpool.. but i never got the feeling that he would be the one who could bring consistent success at the highest levels..

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  68. I disagree. There are too many black players in every club I really don't see inequality to exist for long. Especially in UK.

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  69. no you got it all wrong.. big sam quit after discussions with perez to take over.. they have been talking for a year now..

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  70. Theycallmemrburt10:14 pm, May 25, 2015

    definitely no point. AND no i definitely not in need of your suggestions.

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  71. Sterling isn't the only one still collecting his huge salary. What about the manager, the man really responsible for the woeful and shameful season Liverpool have put up? He's still desperately hoping to hang on, despite the fact that neither the fans nor the players want him. Even politicians have more dignity than Rodgeers, the Clueless One.

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  72. Clubs should swap managers to make fans happy.

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  73. I heard Anceloti's taking over at West ham?

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  74. Hmm..West Ham are showing higher ambitions than Liverpool

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  75. I read somewhere. Liverpool's top management comprise of 12 Americans...60% of whom would ask "Who is Klopp?"
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    BR stays.

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  76. Theycallmemrburt10:19 pm, May 25, 2015

    Oh you dont? well football mimics society not the other way round. football is merely a leaf in a book. BTW I'm not for positive discrimination either, sometimes the rules of the game get layed out and it is up to the rest of us to play it.

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  77. I know it is market driven, I was talking about the market myself..

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  78. How exactly did his agent disrespect Liverpool?

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  79. Even partners/investors. .who knows! FSG have little to no clue about football and that's a fact. They are very much dependent on their advisors. Maybe they also feel comfortable with manager like BR who understands and accepts the operational structure of the club as it is. I think FSG lost trust on manager's transfer expertise after KD's transfer failures and BR's first transfer window. Later, they adopted the transfer committee method so that a group of people collectively agree on transfers and chances of a failure would be less.
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    PS: Just my theory

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  80. What could possibly go wrong

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  81. The point is that FSG would make a business or a financial decision rather than a football decision.

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  82. Have to agree with a bit of this . Let's suppose he told Rodgers some time ago about his intentions to leave if the club didn't make CL . He didn't want to get involved in early contract talks as money wasn't the main issue and wanted to wait and see where we were at the end of the season . I remember how Rodgers treated him in that tacky PR film and do wonder what the true relationship between manager and player has been . Haven't really believed anything that 's spewed out of BR's mouth for awhile anyway and believe he has mismanaged the situation - probably to suit his own ends . Let's also not forget how we were singing Sterling's praises not so long ago for carrying the club on his young shoulders and how was he able to cope with all the pressure? Rodgers even thought he deserved a rest and let him have a holiday .... . I don't want to associate with the abuse he is getting . He is obviously getting bad advice from his agent and believes he is actually better than he is . He tasted success last season playing alongside the best attack in the PL and I can't blame him for wanting the same again . Who knows he might want to stay if a new manager comes in and he is able to play the role he played last season. Anyway let's see what offers come in and what other clubs think is his true value . Deal or no Deal on
    OUR terms !

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  83. Well nothing has worked for them. It will be interesting to see their next plan of action. I think they will persist with the transfer committee and club structure for another season. Maybe they have a long-term view.

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  84. Yes. If he wants to go then we should sell him..get the money and move on.

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  85. His face yesterday looked like a man who had stopped believing in himself.

    Exactly the same as KK on that fateful day at the twin towers when, bless him, he bore his heart to the world and admitted that he was short at that level.

    There is an overwhelming sympathy when i see a face like KK's then and BR's yesterday. But fair do#s, he's had a blooming good crack. Time to move on.

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  86. Not the craziest theory ever, lotta thruth to it actually. Especially when you figure in the Comolli fisaco.

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  87. You really are the master of the shirt, sharp one liners. Always funny, usually a nice level of sarcasm, but never malicious. Made me laugh again.

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  88. For a proper perspective on Sterling, check out Sean Ingles guardian article about the player then you will see how deluded some of the ex players are.....they seem to forget that the lad is 20 but they want the results of a 28 year old player in their prime.

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  89. Proves how right Neville was. We all like to live in past and expect world beaters in the squad despite having won nothing meaningful in last 8-9 years or so.

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  90. Bilic is the front runner. Ancelloti taking a sebatical.

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  91. No, that's not true. People expect more of Sterling because *he* is acting like he's worth the wages of a 28-year old in his prime. When a player acts like he's a superstar deserving of a superstar salary, expectations automatically rise, and people will then expect to see the player prove that he's worth that money.

    Sterling has gone down this route, and he's utterly failed to prove that he's worth anything close to £100K a week.

    If he'd said nothing all season, and/or just signed a new contract, no one would be talking about his goals/assists stars, or the myriad of ways he's failed to contribute this season.

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  92. Who do you think is more important to the club right at this moment of time... Sterling or Rodgers ?

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  93. You not read the comments yet? Aside Ward if you want to Google.

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  94. I did google it, all I got was -blown out of proportion- thing..

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  95. Just before we are to play, just before he is supposed to have talks with the club he says that. Sorry man I disagree with you for once. It was very disrespectful.

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  96. I think his stats will improve with the performances of the team as a whole. If you check his wages relative to other players in the Liverpool squad and the premier league and his contributions relative to those players. ..there is a huge gap. For eg...Sterling is possibly earning much less than the likes of Balotelli, Luke Shaw, Allen, etc..despite being a better player and with much scope of development. I don't blame him to ask wages as per the market.

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  97. Imagine if BR had got the Madrid job. That would be a wonderful press conferencet

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  98. If he meant blown by media? That is how I got it?

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  99. He thinks BR is the right man for the job and expects Liverpool to sell Sterling.

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  100. I thought the club offered £100K but Raheem turned it down . The assumption seems to have been made that he wanted more when he really wanted out

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  101. That will be one heck of a press conference. Death by interview.

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  102. Not sure what your saying mate.

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  103. "Rodgers safe for now as LFC target new signings," according to the Independent. Mentions Benteke.

    Good signing at the right price, imho, can be dominant, but usually only above average in about 15 games per year. In some of those 25 games, though, he's the difference, so with him kickin a$$ for a dozen or so games, Sturridge maybe 20, we'd be getting there. Maybe...hopefully.

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  104. Sterling is hardly going to admit to wanting more money. He's already said he doesn't want to be seen as a money-grabber, so the obvious thing to say is he wants to win trophies.

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  105. ''Sterling's saga is blown out of proportion (by media)'' meaning press is making him the villain and that he actually is really considering prolonging his contract?

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  106. I guess a footballer is like a house - i.e. only worth what someone is willing to pay and the amount of his wages . We will no doubt soon find out his true value ....

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  107. I think its much more important to keep Sterling and replace Rodgers. I feel that Sterling form has suffered because of his environment not his lack of ability and I find it hard for anyone to argue that Rodgers is going to bounce back from this latest slump in results.

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  108. Luke Shaw is apparently on 200k per week..who is not even an automatic starter for Man Utd. Sterling is a golden boy winner...his England performances have been stunning. He was great last season and wasn't overshadowed by suarez or sturridge. I think we have been really unfair to him.

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  109. Rodgers is infinitely more important to Liverpool (IMO). I'm not fussed whether BR stays or goes; if he leaves - fine. If he stays - fine. However, if given the choice, I'd dump Sterling before Rodgers.

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  110. Exactly a lot of assumptions seem to have been made

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  111. After the last match against Stoke..there are number of pro-BR fans who have turned anti-BR and some others are now indifferent to his sacking. Anyone who really wants BR to continue?

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  112. Credit to FSG for announcing they're behind BR. An announcement needed to be made after yesterdays monumental meltdown.

    Don't agree with it, but it shows they are at least not totally blind to the events of the last 8 days.

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  113. Yes..as I expected. I also think they will stick to the transfer committee for another season.

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  114. I saw that you mentioned his BBC interview but do you think the local
    media outlets like the echo or the club TV channel were offering to
    portray him in a good light let alone interview him at all ? They are
    just propaganda tools for the club to deflect away the true problems
    that are affecting Liverpool ability to compete.

    In that interview
    Sterling said the same thing that Gerrard said in his post match Chelsea
    interview about the clubs need to replace world class stars and the
    results over the past 6 weeks has shown that he is right.

    For me if your selling players like Sterling it is sending out a very bleak message to the world of football just like that result did yesterday.

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  115. So..if he admits to his wage demands...he is a money grabber? And if he denies...he is still a money grabber? Jeez..Sterling got no chance..

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  116. Then he should be delighted to be payed 35000 per week and play for a club like Liverpool when he can't produce the end product of a top player in their prime. .

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  117. Wasn't overshadowed by suarez? Please...

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  118. Or over £100K for Real or City or Arsenal or Chelsea

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  119. No. He held his own and really complimented Suarez and Sturridge upfront.

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  120. 35000....sorry Liverpool are entering the field of wheeler dealers and if that's the case fans can forget about winning anything for a very long time.

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  121. If he can then let him off.hes no major loss as far as I'm concerned. For 100g per week surely we can get someone to contribute more and maybe someone who actually wants to play for us

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  122. really cant see him lasting long....I think that statement will be redefined after his trip to the states.

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  123. Sorry mate his wage of 35000 was standard for a kid of his age. As he has slightly improved and got older he was due a wage increase...

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  124. Ya i suppose. What a paltry amount of money for such a proven talent!

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  125. If Sterling goes, I expect Coutinho to follow. He will be the next big name in the squad and we always sell our best players.

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  126. Where did they come out and support him?

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  127. And to be honest I think he hasn't improved. .

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  128. He is a golden boy winner look at the previous winners of that award...imagine Liverpool messing up contract talks with 70 % those players ? the fans would hit the roof.

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  129. We have bought lot of players some above 100k per week but Sterling still starts ahead of them.

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  130. Where did FSG come out and support him?

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  131. Positive as always

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  132. Positive as always dude

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  133. That's poor decision making by Rodgers then..

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  134. You may very well be right. If there's one thing that does translate from their two respective sporting investments, it's fan management.

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  135. It is paltry for the amount of responsibility that has been placed on him by the manager. He wages should be close to Sturridges wage.

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  136. Go to news now dot com and get on the lfc feed, there are many articles carrying that story on there now.

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  137. Have you watched him play the last few months?

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  138. Tradition must continue

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  139. Have I seen our most talented player who is 20 year have a dip in form due to the manager playing everywhere...yes I have.... I ask you what is Sterling position in the team ?

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  140. Spot on. I wonder if his agent has been so flaippant towards the club whose currently employing his client because they've been tapped up with promise of a far greater salary.

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  141. Cheers dude I'm familiar with that site just didn't see many articles on it until you raised it.

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  142. Owners just might be keeping cards close to their chest . Apparently Klopp has said he wants a 6 months rest ..
    See what Rodgers can do until Christmas and if Rodgers can t get his act together make the move ....

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  143. Some of the Istanbul stuff is awesome, just what the doctor ordered on one of the darkest days in recent LFC history : )


    I have never, in my life, celebrated more maniacally as I did when stevie nailed that textbook perfect header. I was still celebrating when we got the second. Almost in cardiac arrest by the third.



    Magical, magical game.

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  144. I just don't think the fans will tolerate it just like they didn't with Hodgson. The only thing that would provide a reset button for next season is a world class signing but..I can see that happening under Rodgers.

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  145. Well hes definitely not a striker because his finishing is very poor.he has the 'potential 'to be a very good winger if his decision making and final ball improve!

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  146. Very good call. I agree 100%, if we come of out the gate as sluggishly as usual, the fans will turn before a dozen games.

    It'll get messy. I just can't see how he can make it even to Xmas.

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  147. Players should have been made to watch footage of that match before every game !

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  148. Your missing my point. When he was introduced as an unproved teenager in the Premier League, similar to Ibe now, he was given a standard wage for his level. Now he has improved to "golden boy winner status" - your words, his contract is being debated to reflect that.

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  149. Good call, Not good enough as a finsher currently to play as a 9. Not creative or influential enough to be a number 10. Neither does he have that two-footed, spray the ball left and right, vision stuff to play centrally.

    An orthodox winer with the license to cut inside perhaps is best, as he doesn't have the shot power to be an inverted winger.

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  150. This must be a concern for Sterling your manager doesn't not know you best position..why would you want to stay for another 2 years being shunted all over the pitch where you can go some where else and focus on one position. For me I think he plays his best football just behind the strikers.

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  151. I agree I can't see Rodgers handling all the flack and the scrutiny that he will be under but it will prove a point one way or another . It also might be the only way of getting the upgrade that we all want

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  152. I think his best position is on the bench at man city..

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  153. If the golden boy award means the best young footballer in Europe...then I think his wage should reflect that on top of that fact that he is an regular England international and one of two-three important players at the club over the past 18 months....This is why there will be clubs willing to pay the market value for his services.

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  154. Aye, it won't quite be Woy mark II, as that cauldron was fueled by Kenny's impending figure lurking in the background. But, the leash will be short.

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  155. Oh and Ancellotti just might want a softer option after his back operation ...... we can only hope !

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  156. and here is the biggest myth about this whole narrative, check out that Sean Ingle article and the facts will show you that Sterling is more closer to Rooney than this common association of wright phillips ,sinclair and Rodwell. I don't remember people say that Rooney would be on the bench when he joined Man U.

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  157. Rooney (and it gives me no pleasure to say this) was a far superior footballer at that age!

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  158. Aye, he was the quintessential 'man-boy'...


    The body and strength of a full grown man. The mind of a young moutain farm boy.

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  159. And the looks of a monkeys ar×e.but he was some player!!

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  160. Talking of looks, have you noticed all the cosmetic surgery he's been getting?

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  161. Ya he's a strange looking dude alright!

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  162. Personally I wouldn't say he was a superior footballer. Sterling game intelligence for his age is in the same ball park as Rooney's. I think the big factor in Rooney's rapid development is he had a 25 year old body from when he was 16. Time will tell but if or when Sterling moves to a stronger club he will make an impact.

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  163. On his day, can be devastating. Movement, nous, technical skill, eye for goal, winning attitude, he can be quite the asset.

    Downside is, as durable as our Daniel.

    Agree with JK, too risky an investment for team that's wasted the amount of money we have recently.

    We need proven, mature, durable quality.

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  164. It's disgraceful when you think Remy failed a medical and we are getting linked with these perennial crocks. Walcott did look good yesterday, but he does at the end of every season.

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  165. Sterling has created 75 chances this year though.......

    Hard to get assists with no strikers.....

    Just saying......

    Suarez was everything last year, yet some people wanted him gone 😠

    Suarez not only scored a hat full of goals, he also terrorised opposition defences and raised his team mates games...... But some people actually WANTED him gone........

    We need a strong manager who can call the shots, make the big transfer decisions. I like BR but what I wouldn't give for some defensive solidity right now. But the man who wants to come back, is going to console himself at..... wait for it..... REAL F*****G MADRID 😵🔫

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  166. yeah he chipped in with his obligatory end-of-the-season hat trick as always.. :)

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