Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler on why he won't criticise Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling's future has been thrown into doubt when he put contract talks with Liverpool off until the summer.

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has admitted he considered leaving Liverpool when he was a similar age to Raheem Sterling, but has said the 20-year-old's future should be at Anfield.

Fowler told the Daily Mirror that Sterling could realise his dreams at Liverpool and help them lift the FA Cup this season, firstly by helping the Reds get past Blackburn Rovers in a quarter-final replay, which will set up a semi-final tie against Aston Villa at Wembley.

The man who was nicknamed 'God' by the Liverpool fans, and had two spells at the club, said: "I’m not going to crucify a 20-year-old kid, because I know exactly how your brain can get scrambled by all those messages, and all those thoughts.

"When I was not much older than him, I went through a period where I thought it may be better for me to leave Liverpool, and it was a difficult time. I was confused, but I quickly realised I was at the right place and I’m thankful I stayed as long as I did. When I left, I felt I was pushed out - and I was glad to go back.

"If Raheem looks back on this whole episode when he’s older, I reckon he’ll think the same.

"He was confused, and he’s got it badly wrong so far, but the right thing for his development is to stay, and I hope for his sake he sees that."

It seems to be the consensus that Sterling has handled the situation in the wrong way - notably with his decision to give an interview to the BBC without it being sanctioned by the club.

A lot of people will echo the comments from Fowler - and even though he has an ambassadorial role at the club he is, at least, a voice of experience that Sterling could relate to.

There have been questions about the advice he has received but Liverpool have stated he won't be leaving in the summer, whether he signs a new contract remains to be seen.

It will be interesting if Sterling does stay at the club in the long term and see how he reflects on this period.

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