Former Arsenal midfielder Adrian Clarke revealed on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT what he would tell Liverpool if he was in Raheem Sterling’s situation.
Talks are ongoing over a new deal for the Liverpool attacker and Clarke has suggested the player should take things on himself to resolve the situation.
“I think if he wants to stay at Liverpool he should say ‘look, I want to be here, do me a deal, do me the best possible deal that you can,’” said Clarke.
The main difference in terms is reportedly wages, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that Brendan Rodgers is worried Sterling’s advisers are pushing him to hold out for an inflated pay deal.
There is an argument to suggest that he doesn’t deserve the sort of wage which is deal by other top flight players all over the Premier League, who are more experienced and who have proven their quality over a longer period.
There is no doubt that Sterling is one of Liverpool’s most attacking players and he’s developed impressively under the guidance of manager Brendan Rodgers.
If all parties can’t reach an agreement then the situation could go one of two ways; Liverpool could allow him to wind down his deal or they could sell him to the highest bidder.
However, if the player takes control of the situation, things could be resolved quickly if his heart is set on a long and extended career at Anfield and nowhere else.