Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes that latest developments surrounding the future of Raheem Sterling will mean the Reds will be even more determined to get the most they possibly can out of any potential buyer, he posted on Kicca.
Reports surfaced last night in sources such as the Mirror saying that Sterling has asked the club to be left out of the pre-season tour to the Far East and Australia after reporting to Melwood for training as he looks to force a move away from Anfield, with Manchester City reportedly prepared to make a third bid for the 20-year-old having had two bids rejected already.
The Reds' legend offered his theory behind the reports and what Liverpool might do, saying on Kicca: "This at times comes from the club who are chasing the player, in this case Man City, who ask a player to try and force the move after having two bids that where unsuccessful, all clubs at times have asked a player to push a move through but even so it's still a story that doesn't reflect well on Raheem. He's starting to get a reputation that could be hard to rid himself of in the future, are Man City fans looking at the situation and thinking this could be us in a few years?
"I think this situation will only make Liverpool more determined to get the fee they feel Raheem is worth rather than caving in to Raheem's & Man City's wishes."
This has been one of the transfer sagas that has dominated the close season so far as the relationship between Sterling's representatives and the club appears to have soured after quotes that appeared in a newspaper suggesting that his agent Aidy Ward allegedly said Sterling wouldn't even sign for £900,000 per week - suggesting that he is trying to get his client out of Anfield regardless.
One thing Carragher does bring up is the question of attitude and the perception the 20-year-old has in the media right now. If you're a fan of a player that is interested in signing Sterling, what happens if their club doesn't become enough for them? Could he be a bad influence within the dressing room. These are all factors that will probably need to be considered ahead of any deal. But it seems highly likely, as Carragher suggests, that Liverpool are determined for City to meet their valuation.