Former Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United midfielder Stuart Pearce has suggested on BT Sport that Liverpool need not worry too much about the current situation regarding winger Raheem Sterling.
Sterling has been on the books of Liverpool since 2010 and is under contract at Anfield until June 2017.
However, speculation has increased over his future following the youngster’s revelation to BBC Sport last month that he has rejected the offer of a new deal.
For Liverpool to finish in the top four of the Premier League next season, they need players like Sterling in the team.
Pearce, though, seems to suggest that the Merseyside outfit need not worry too much about Sterling’s contract situation as they can always sell him and get good money.
“I think when Liverpool realise that he is definitely not staying, if that’s going to be the case, then they need to turn money over on him,” the 53-year-old said on the Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav show on Saturday.
“He has still got two years left (on his contract) so they have a good year to work on him and sit tight, and hopefully from Liverpool’s point of view, you don’t want his form to drop. That’s the most damaging thing that can happen to a) the player and b) the football club.”
Pearce’s advice for Liverpool is indeed sound, but the problem is that if Sterling puts in a transfer request, then the Reds will be forced to sell him.
Of course, the Premier League outfit could refuse his request, but that is likely to have a negative effect on the relationship between the two parties.
Moreover, if other clubs realise that Liverpool are ready to sell Sterling, then the 20-year-old’s value will drop.