Michael Owen has said on BT Sport that Liverpool can cope without Raheem Sterling.
Sterling’s future has been a subject of speculation for a while after he revealed to BBC Sport last month that he has rejected a new contract from the Merseyside outfit.
The England international winger’s current deal with Liverpool runs out in June 2017, and Owen believes that the Premier League club need not worry about his situation.
“If he does stay, then fantastic,” the former Liverpool said on the Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav show on Saturday. “If he doesn’t, then they will get a lot of money. It’s not such a problem anyway.
"He is not Luis Suarez. He was absolutely pivotal to that team. He is a fabulous player and he will be for many years, but I wouldn’t be getting hung up on it, if I were a Liverpool fan…
When asked if Sterling is irreplaceable, Owen said: “I don’t think.” About Suarez being irreplaceable, the 35-year-old: “Exactly”.
Owen has a point. After all, in the past Liverpool have sold some of their best players and bounced back.
Moreover, given Sterling’s reputation, the Reds are going to get a good amount of money in transfer fee.
The problem is that losing the 20-year-old will mean that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will have to make tweaks to his team next season.
Sterling is one of the best players in the current Liverpool side. Despite being a winger by trade, he played in a more central role for a period of time when Daniel Sturridge was injured and Mario Balotelli was struggling for form.
The youngster has been a key figure in the first team for almost two years, and losing him in the summer transfer window will mean that Rodgers will have to make changes to his team and find a way of coping without him.