Transfer Bin: Sterling to Swansea

Brendan Rodgers is allegedly looking to loan Raheem Sterling out, despite the fact that he is in the form of his life... Tim Poole takes a closer look.

Press reports in the UK are suggesting that Swansea are looking to sign Raheem Sterling from Liverpool on loan.

The Transfer Bin is where all the most sensational, ludicrous and downright stupid transfer stories end up.

What do you do with a winger who is in the form of his life?

According to some reports, you loan him out to a Premier League rival...

That's the situation allegedly facing Raheem Sterling at the moment, who Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is apparently keen on allowing to leave on loan.

Swansea are the club that are looking to take the 19-year-old on, with Mohamed Salah inbound at Anfield.

But there are three main reasons why this move will never happen - unless the decision-makers at Liverpool decide to aim for relegation instead of Champions League qualification.

Firstly, Sterling is on red-hot form, having scored three times in his last seven appearances and created two assists. Yes, his performances earlier this season were borderline League One standard, with a loan move certainly looking the right option at the time.

However, Sterling's transformation means a loan would make no sense. Why gain first-team experience at another club when you can quite clearly cut it at the top level?

Secondly, Liverpool's tiny squad size at the moment makes any departures unlikely - especially when it concerns a player who is currently playing week in week out.

During the recent 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, Rodgers had to turn to debutant Brad Smith to come on from the bench, as he simply had no other alternatives. Why on earth, then, would the Reds boss deplete his squad any further by choice?

Finally, there would be no financial sense to the move, as Sterling's wages are not even a fraction of the highest earners at the club. Sending the young winger to Swansea would thus be of little value, even if a loan fee of a couple of million was involved.

That money, of course, pales in comparison with the rewards of making the top four - something Sterling would undoubtedly help Liverpool to do.

From all points of view, therefore, any suggestion of England U-21 international Sterling going to Swansea on loan has no place other than the Transfer Bin.

Stay tuned for more to come this January...

Rubbish Rating: More chance of Rodgers himself going back to Swansea.

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