Why Raheem Sterling's agent's latest outburst won't cut any ice at Liverpool

Raheem Sterling

Aidy Ward's latest comments on Raheem Sterling are as ill-advised as they are irrelevant from a Liverpool perspective.

Ward has developed a reputation as one of England's most outspoken agents since he engineered Sterling's £49m switch from Anfield to Manchester City in the summer, as covered by the BBC, and the representative of the young winger has come in for fierce criticism for the way he handled his client's departure.

Sterling left Liverpool in July after reportedly being asked to be left off the club's pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia just days after missing training for two conseuctive days, citing illness - a story picked up by the Guardian.

The 20-year-old wideman eventually got his - and Ward's - wish when he joined the Citizens, but his loss was not overly mourned on Merseyside, and fans of the 18-time league winners felt that the eye-watering fee they were given for Sterling was ample compensation for a player who was still raw and unpolished.

Ward fell out with Liverpool, their supporters and club legend Jamie Carragher in his power moves to get Sterling out of Anfield, but his latest comments, run by the Daily Mail, are unlikely to be welcomed by Anfield officials.

Ward claimed that Sterling would have been an ideal fit for new manager Jurgen Klopp, and the agent tried to lay the blame for Sterling's move at the foot of ex-boss Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked earlier this month.

Ward said: "I became the bad guy, that's how I was portrayed. It started from the PR behind Liverpool. There is no issue with the fans there, they don't know the full story, and there are lots of good people at Liverpool.

"I had no problem with (chief executive) Ian Ayre for example. I have no issue with anyone but Rodgers. He had a massive job with massive funds. How did he do? Good coach, but as a manager I didn't like certain things about how he dealt with Raheem.

"Would Raheem under Klopp have been a good scenario? Yes, 100 per cent, definitely, mainly because of the person Klopp is - the passion, the drive, the emotion, wanting to achieve.

"Raheem has all of this, but you won't always see it outwardly. Working with Klopp - that could have been great. He's going to get the best out of those players. It could have been a dream come true."

Ward's words may be seen as an attempt to rebuild torched bridges with Liverpool, but the truth is that Sterling's departure was greeted with an indifferent shrug from many of the club's worldwide fanbase over the summer.

Supporters were annoyed at how a youngster had taken the club on, but his transfer away was never in the same category as the likes of Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez, Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano, who have all left the club since 2009.

Whatever the motivation behind Ward's decision to break his silence, his words won't cut any ice in the corridors of power at Anfield.

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