Liverpool legend Ray Houghton told talkSPORT why he feels it’s a risk for any club to consider signing Raheem Sterling from his old side.
The Independent is among the sources to suggest that Real Madrid could be willing to throw up to £45 million at a deal for the young attacker, but Houghton has explained why he sees that as a risk.
“I’m sure that he’s someone a lot of clubs will be looking at because potentially he could be a fantastic player but it’s only potential at the moment and it is a bit of a risk signing someone like that,” he said.
“You don’t know how he’s going to adapt if it’s outside England and you don’t know how he’s going to adapt in training.”
Liverpool are a better team with Sterling fit, in the eleven and playing well. However, he may have done too much damage to his relationship with the club’s fans to win the majority back on side if he doesn’t find a new club over the summer.
Brendan Rodgers and the Liverpool board cannot be blamed if they keep Sterling where he is, as they look for the best possible price.
That’s a risk because it’s dangerous to have a player in a squad who isn’t motivated or doesn’t want to be there.
If the money is there and can be used to supplement the budget Rodgers have, the writing seems to be on the wall with regards to the player’s future.
However, Sterling does have a long way to go before he can fully justify a price tag in the region of the above newspaper’s report.