Former Liverpool hero John Aldridge has told the Liverpool Echo that Sterling must have words with his agent, as ongoing contract talks are the reason for his poor form.
“I hope and I pray that Raheem Sterling sees sense over his contract situation at Liverpool,” the striker said. “And I hope he, or someone close to him, has a word with his agent, because he is doing the kid no favours.
“It seems that the situation is affecting Sterling's form. Those closest to him need to spell it out for him. The best place for him to be is at Liverpool. Both Sterling, and his agent, need to realise this. And quickly.”
The young winger has been in long-term contract talks with Liverpool for a number of months, and a report in the Mirror claimed that the had been offered an extension with a wage increase to £90,000-a-week.
However, this has been rejected by the 20-year-old’s agent in the hope of commanding higher wages, as Brendan Rodgers apparently believes that Sterling is the best young player in Europe.
The talks have come at a time when Sterling has dropped off after carrying the Reds for much of the opening part of the campaign.
Having impressed so heavily whilst his teammates struggled, it is no surprise that Sterling feels he deserves to be paid more highly, and Liverpool should seriously think about giving in to the demands.
Aldridge is correct to be worried about Sterling’s form, as there are some issues that will be clouding his judgement now. However, to take aim at his agent is removing any criticism from the club, who are also liable for the poor form that Sterling has shown in the last few weeks - as they show an unwillingness to match the incredible youngsters’s demands.