Raheem Sterling’s Liverpool future must be sorted out sooner, rather than later.
That is the view of former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol, who is running out of patience with the contract saga and has told talkSPORT that he believes the club should sell the winger quickly if he is definitely going to leave.
Nicol is of the opinion that there is no point dragging the situation on as it has become tiresome. Liverpool appear to be getting no breakthrough with Sterling nor his agent, Aidy Ward, so it may be time to cut their losses and move on.
However, looking at this from another perspective, a summer exit could hit Sterling harder than it does Liverpool. The 20-year-old is currently getting regular football and that is something he will not be guaranteed at Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal or Manchester United - the top four from last season and an elite group of sides that have all been linked with Sterling by the Daily Star.
Leaving Anfield and not getting as much of a look in elsewhere defeats the object. He's still a youngster developing and becoming familiar with his trade as a footballer. The grass is not always greener on the other side.
For the good of the whole team, Nicol insists those at the centre of the saga must reach a decision shortly.
“If Raheem Sterling is going to go, and Liverpool have decided to let him go, then get rid of him quick,” Nicol told talkSPORT.
“If they don’t, Sterling has a huge PR job in front of him.
“[If he stays] Sterling has to first and foremost do one thing and one thing only, get the fans back on side.
“If he doesn’t there’s going to be an absolute nightmare for him. That’s then going to affect the rest of the team as well.”