Ray Houghton: Why Liverpool need to sell Raheem Sterling right now

Liverpool legend Ray Houghton suggested his old side need to act sooner rather than later if they're going to sell Raheem Sterling.

Liverpool legend Ray Houghton was quoted by talkSPORT in their 7am news round-up yesterday, explaining his main concern with regards to the future of Raheem Sterling.

Houghton called on his old side to pull the trigger on the attacker sooner rather than later, because he doesn’t want to see manager Brendan Rodgers left with a situation where he’s spending money in a panic as he looks to improve his squad.

“If they’re going to let him go, just do it now because you’ve got to get the money in so you can spend it on the players you need and stop messing around – last year when they got the money late for Suarez – they probably were forced into getting one or two players they didn’t really need,” he said.

The Manchester Evening News has reported that Manchester City have seen a bid for the player knocked back, which has created the current stalemate situation.

What’s the issue?

The Daily Telegraph was among the first sources to break the news that Liverpool were holding out for a £50 million fee for Sterling.

The Reds are well within their rights to hold out for maximum value if that’s what they consider the player to be worth, regardless of the concerns Houghton made clear to talkSPORT.

If City or any other side want the player, they are going to have to stump up top price to get the deal done.

Why do Liverpool need to show any urgency?

Some fans will debate whether Liverpool need to show any urgency at all because the transfer window hasn’t even opened yet (officially opens on July 1).

However, modern day transfers are extremely complicated and players Liverpool are looking to buy will become more expensive with sides delaying matters after the start of July, sucking time out of the window.

In short, the closer the transfer deadline becomes, the easier it is for teams to hold buying clubs to ransom.

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