Former Liverpool Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli told talkSPORT that it would be his recommendation that the club sells Raheem Sterling.
Comolli can’t see any other conclusion if the player has already made his mind up that he wants to leave Anfield.
“I don’t think any club, no matter what the magnitude is, can afford that risk at the moment,” he said.
“I would probably have another go and spend hours trying to convince him to stay, but at the end of the day, I would recommend to the board he should be sold.”
The Daily Mirror has reported that Manchester City could be willing to spend up to £40 million on making the deal happen, which would be difficult for Liverpool to turn down.
It would be a difficult deal for them to do because he would be joining a direct rival to Liverpool, as they look to break back into that group of top four sides next season.
However, if any club dangles the carrot then it has to be worth looking at because the potential for the club to reinvest the money into other areas of the squad.
Liverpool certainly can’t be blamed for looking to get maximum value out of a transfer if they do decide to sell him, because with two years left to run on his current deal, they’re under no real pressure to sell.