Sterling will join Manchester City, in time to go on pre-season tour with his new side, and avoid having to do so with Liverpool.
The winger scored seven goals last season, and Jamie Carragher feels Liverpool got an outstanding deal, but made an important point as to what happens next.
Raheem Sterling is a very good young player but he has not yet hit the heights of an Owen, Rooney, Fowler or Giggs http://t.co/IfLPgI6Scl— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 12, 2015
Liverpool sold Luis Suarez for an even higher sum of money last summer, but saw regression on the pitch rather than improvement, as the club's signings failed to pan out.
Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert could not even score five Premier League goals combined, while Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic both struggled to make an impression. In defence Dejan Lovren was a disaster, with only Emre Can showing promise.
This time around Liverpool have already been spending, with Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firmino players they have invested money in prior to the Sterling sale.
The big question at the door of manager Brendan Rodgers is now how much the club will have available to spend after selling Sterling, and whether they can use it wisely.