Former Arsenal attacking midfielder Liam Brady has told BT Sport’s Football Tonight show that Raheem Sterling does not deserve to earn £140,000 per week.
The Liverpool winger has been hitting the headlines in recent weeks, as speculation increase over his future.
The 20-year-old’s current contract with Liverpool runs until June 2017, but the Merseyside outfit are reportedly keen on extending it to ward off interest in him in the summer transfer window.
Sterling reportedly earns £35,000 per week, but, according to The Daily Mail, the England international wants his wages to be increased to £140,000 per week.
Liverpool have reportedly offered Sterling a weekly salary of £100,000, but his reluctance to accept it has sparked suggestion that defending Premier League champions Manchester City could make a move in the summer, according to The Daily Mail.
Former Arsenal star Brady believes that Sterling is not worth that kind of money, but he suggests that Liverpool will eventually have to back down if they want to keep him for next season.
“No, for me, he is not worth it,” the former Celtic manager told BT Sport’s Football Tonight show on Monday. “I don’t think any player is worth £140,000 a week. I am not griping because I am old player, I think the money has gone crazy.
“Daniel) Sturridge and Sterling: would you pay them the same? You probably would.
"You can’t afford to lose your best players epically to your rivals. It seems that Man City are waiting for some really good English players to be available.”
Sterling is one of the best players in the Liverpool squad, although his form has dropped over the past few weeks.
The youngster has scored six goals and created 62 chances in 28 Premier League appearances so far this season, while having a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 56%.
Last season, Sterling scored nine goals and created 51 chances in 33 Premier League appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 67%.