Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour explained on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT, that he feels Liverpool should try and use Raheem Sterling as bait to sign Edin Dzeko from Manchester City.
Sterling is widely expected to make a move to Manchester City at some point over the summer, with the Manchester Evening News reporting that Manuel Pellegrini’s club are considering a third offer for the player having seen two bids rejected.
Parlour has suggested there is no going back over the future of the player, but has suggested the Reds can try and work things to their advantage.
“I think they’ll be losing patience with him, you don’t want to keep players who don’t want to be at the club because you’ve all got to be going in the right direction – The player I really admire is Dzeko – Just test the water with them because Liverpool is a massive club,” he said on talkSPORT.
Is Dzeko a player Liverpool need?
Dzeko is a very attractive player for Brendan Rodgers because he knows how to hit the back of the net and he’s got good Premier League experience.
However, he’s not a priority signing for the Reds considering the attacking options they already have in terms of strikers.
Daniel Sturridge (when fit), Danny Ings and Mario Balotelli (if he stays) tick all of the boxes and a striker may not be the best position for the boss to look at further improving.
Liverpool in control
What’s important with regards to Sterling’s future is that Liverpool are the club in control and they need to get the best deal for them.
If Rodgers feels he needs an extra player or if the club want to take a big cash deal, the Reds aren’t under pressure to force the issue or to funnel themselves into a deal, which may not be exactly what they want.