The England international youngster has hit the headlines over the past few days after it became apparent he is unwilling to sign a new contract with the Reds and may seek a move away from the club.
It’s a blow for Brendan Rodgers’ side, but it also represents an opportunity to strike a beneficial deal which could supply Liverpool with sufficient funds to really strengthen the team.
As per the Mirror, one offer on the table is an incredible £50 million fee courtesy of the Manchester City riches plus 29-year-old striker Edin Dzeko – an offer which is surely impossible to refuse?
Well, while it’s undoubtedly extremely tempting, the Reds should learn from their previous mistakes and steer well clear or risk another Mario Balotelli type situation.
The Merseysiders two seasons ago were a breath of fresh air, mixing attacking verve with relentless pressure off the ball to create a devastatingly good team who came so close to winning the title.
Luis Suarez’s exit the following summer was a setback, but there was still enough there for Rodgers to have another crack at the title but his summer transfers didn’t work out.
Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli were four attacking options added, but none of them possess that high intensity and unselfish movement, especially the latter.
Edin Dzeko is a fantastic player in his own mould, but he’s a striker very much reliant on physical attributes and certainly not the sort of profile needed to succeed in Rodgers’ preferred system.
Without Champions League football, financially the Reds arguably can’t afford to get it wrong again and the Bosnian’s arrival could quite easily see him go the same way as Balotelli – out of form, out of ideas.
Sterling’s reputation in the Premier League means the Anfield hierarchy can fetch a substantial fee for his services, but it’s only worth doing if specific players fitting the system are brought in as his replacements.