Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour explained how he feels Raheem Sterling should approach pre-season training with Liverpool, as he appeared as a co-host on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT.
Liverpool’s preparations for the new season are underway, which leaves Sterling in the awkward position of having to train with teammates at a club he’s unlikely to represent by the end of the transfer window.
The Daily Telegraph is one of several sources to suggest the Reds are holding out for a fee in the region of £50 million for the player, which is well within their rights as they are the club, which currently owns his contract.
“He’s still a professional footballer and Liverpool are still paying his wages at the moment – You just have to be professional, go in there, do your job and get fit for the season and if a moves happens, you move away – There are big question marks,” he told talkSPORT.
No way back for the player
Sterling has to try and motivate himself even though it’s obvious that there’s no real way back for him at Anfield.
He’s in a difficult position because of the way he may be received by the Liverpool squad and because he has to train around methods and tactics, which are unlikely to apply to him by the start of September.
The situation is relatively similar to before Samir Nasri moved to Manchester City, where the French midfielder played for Arsenal in the Premier League before moving to the Etihad.
Whatever the issues are that Sterling and his representatives have with Liverpool, he’s still an employee of the football club and until that changes, as Parlour suggests, he needs to simply get ready for the next campaign.