Sol Campbell warns not to 'destroy' Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling

A former player has been reflecting on Liverpool's Raheem Sterling.

Former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur player Sol Campbell has been speaking to the Guardian about Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling.

The 20-year-old has made headlines in recent times for allegedly refusing a £100,000-a-week contract offer to extend his stay at Anfield, while he was also photographed inhaling laughing gas (both incidents cited in the report). But Campbell believes the media should not be focusing too much on Sterling in a negative light.

“He’s one of the most talented English players coming out of this country,” the former Arsenal centre-back said. “Do not destroy him.”

Sterling has played 125 matches for Liverpool’s senior side, scoring 23 goals and providing 25 assists to date.

This season he has netted 11 times and set up an additional 10, taking much of the goal-scoring weight in the absence of the injured Daniel Sturridge and with Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert all failing to score regularly.

With a contract that expires in the summer of 2017, there is no reason for Liverpool to push too hard for a contract extension just yet, but similarly Campbell is right in that we should be focusing on the player’s talents rather than what are perceived to be shortcomings.

After all, he is only 20, and who can honestly say they were perfect at that age?

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