Arsenal legend Ian Wright has written in The Sun that Raheem Sterling has done nothing wrong in asking to leave Liverpool.
According to BBC Sport, the England international winger will tell the Liverpool bosses in a meeting on Friday that he will not sign a new contract, and that he wants to move on in the summer transfer window.
Sterling has been widely criticised for his actions, but former Arsenal striker Wright has defended the 20-year-old.
“The only thing people can point their finger at is that Raheem has maybe not done as well for Liverpool this year as they would have liked him to,” the 51-year-old wrote in The Sun. “But I can still totally see where he is coming from in wanting to leave.
"It’s his prerogative. If in your mind you feel like it won’t happen for you at a club then it’s best to move on. What has he honestly done wrong apart from saying he does not want to sign a contract?”
Wright does make a very valid point, and indeed Sterling has the right to ask for a transfer.
If the 20-year-old is not happy at Liverpool for some reason, then he should be allowed to inform the club.
Similarly, if Liverpool are not happy with Sterling - or any other player - then they can discuss about moving him on.
While many Liverpool fans will point out that the Englishman is not being loyal to the club, one needs to remember that he joined the Reds from Queens Park Rangers in 2010.
It was not as if Sterling has been at Liverpool his entire life. Just like the youngster left QPR for the Merseyside outfit, it should not come as a surprise if he leaves them for a different club in the summer.