Steve Nicol has urged Raheem Sterling to reconsider his long-term future. The Liverpool legend does not believe that the England winger is ready to move away from Anfield this summer.
It has been well documented that Sterling wants out of the club after he publicly turned down a £100,000-a-week deal earlier in the season, per the BBC.
However, tensions escalated even further this week as it was revealed via the Guardian that the 20-year-old would not be signing a new contract at all this summer and would like to leave the club.
Although accusations that Sterling wants a pay rise elsewhere linger, it is likely that he wants to move to win trophies and play Champions League football next season.
There are, inevitably, a long line of clubs willing to make an offer for the young starlet, but Nicol believes Sterling is making a fatal error by seeking a move away from Liverpool, a club which gave him an opportunity to play regular football from such a young age.
“In three or four years, if he keeps progressing in the way he has, Sterling will be the finished article. Then, if he still wants to leave, not only will Liverpool be able to demand a huge transfer win, but he can also benefit from a huge wage.
“If he stays at Liverpool and that happens, everybody wins. But at the moment it’s a no-win situation. All he’s doing now is holding himself back. At 20 years of age, the only thing in his mind should be his career.”
Sterling has got himself into this difficult position by turning down the original contract offer publicly, and although he appears to have burned his bridges at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers is willing to give him a second chance, according to the BBC.
However, after the events of the past couple of months, it would be a surprise if Sterling was still a Liverpool player at the start of next season.