Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore questioned the motivation of attacking star Raheem Sterling on talkSPORT following England’s 0-0 draw against the Republic of Ireland.
Collymore suggested that Sterling didn’t have the look of a player who was coveting a move away from Anfield, demanding wages in the region of roughly £150,000 per week.
“Raheem Sterling didn’t look bothered. Raheem, [you want] £150,000 a week? No chance, mate. No chance,” he said.
Sterling’s agent Aidy Ward recently told the Liverpool Echo that his client wouldn’t be signing a new contract even if he was offered £900,000 per week by the Anfield giants.
That’s created speculation over his next move, with Sterling possessing the potential ability to earn a significant wage increase if he pushes for a specific move to somewhere like Manchester United or Real Madrid.
Every match for Sterling at the moment is an opportunity for him to show that he’s got his football head screwed on and not the head, which is focused on the big money move away from Liverpool.
Sterling wasn’t alone in producing a disappointing performance yesterday, with plenty of players looking like they were already in summer holiday mode.
However, potential buyers watching his performance yesterday may have slightly different outlooks and conclusions when they report back to their clubs this morning.