Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton criticises Liverpool amid Sterling row

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Former Celtic and Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton believes Liverpool have not shown enough ambition in recent years.

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has said he is not surprised Raheem Sterling is looking to leave Liverpool.

Sutton, who won the English Premier League with Blackburn 20 years ago, told the BBC that Liverpool's ambition and recent achievements left a lot to be desired.

He said: "Should we be criticising Sterling for being ambitious and wanting to win trophies?

"Liverpool have spent one season in six in the Champions League and have won one trophy in the last nine years."

He added: I don't think it's about money," explaining that he felt Sterling "only wants to go to a big club."

In world football there are few clubs bigger than Liverpool, but their size and global fanbase is off kilter with their trophies in recent years, with just a League Cup to show for it.

A real chance was missed this season when they lost an FA Cup semi-final to Aston Villa, a match in which many rightly point out, Raheem Sterling played poorly in.

Liverpool missed a golden chance last summer after qualifying for the Champions League, buying poorly despite funds to do after selling Luis Suarez.

Letting Suarez go was perhaps unavoidable, but if they had bought better players then they may have reached the top four again this season. They signed players who can frankly be described as Europa League standard, and their struggles in the Champions League showed this.

Sterling is taking criticism from all comers due to the fact he is just 20 and so far refusing to sign a new contract at Liverpool, but Sutton presents another side to the argument which whether Liverpool fans like it or not is bound to be playing a role in his choice.

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