Jamie Carragher’s advice for Liverpool's Manchester City-bound Raheem Sterling

The England international’s move to Manchester City looks imminent after a £49 million bid was accepted over the weekend.

Raheem Sterling has come in for heavy criticism over the way the move has been handled but Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher feels his huge fee is one thing the player should not be chastised for.

Writing on Kicca, Carragher said:

“The price is not something Raheem can control & the debate will rage about whether he's worth it or not but the price is more to do with nationality & potential… but if he can take Man City to more titles & get close to CL success they'll deem it worth it.”

The whole saga has tarnished Sterling’s burgeoning reputation and Carragher has some words of advice for the want-away Liverpool star as he looks to put this episode behind him:

“It's now time for Raheem to do what he does best, play football & show the Premier League the Sterling who was described as "The best young player in Europe" just over a year ago.”

The former Liverpool stalwart is confident in Sterling’s ability and prospects of recovery following what has been a testing summer for all involved, adding:

“I think he has the potential to be a star & one of the leading lights in the national team for years to come as we saw in the Italy game at the WC in Brazil.”

A difference maker?

Manchester City finished eight points behind champions Chelsea in last season’s Premier League and will be hoping Sterling’s arrival brings about a fresh impetus in attack.

His arrival certainly provides options for Pellegrini and it’s not yet clear how he will be utilised.

Liverpool employed him in a striker’s role at times last season and a fearsome partnership with Sergio Aguero could be on the cards should City opt for a 4-4-2 approach.

He is equally adept out wide however, and could operate on the right or left flank as part of the three in a 4-2-3-1, alongside David Silva and Jesus Navas.

Sterling is no doubt a player of great quality and even greater potential but the media storm that has engulfed him this summer will take considerable strength of character to overcome.

His price tag will also weigh heavily upon him next season, yet if he can settle in quickly to his new surroundings and rediscover the form of early last season, City could well threaten Chelsea's Premier League dominance.

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