Ex-Liverpool striker on why Sterling's career could stall with exit

Peter Crouch has warned Raheem Sterling to not leave Anfield, at risk of his career stalling.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Crouch believes that Sterling’s career could stall if he leaves Anfield.

The former Reds striker said: “I’ve played for Liverpool and there aren’t a great amount of players who have gone on to better things after leaving.

“It’s a massive club and certainly, with him being 20-years-old, he’s at a great club. He’s got a great manager there are a lot of experienced players to look up to. He’s a fantastic player and a great prospect.”

Crouch’s career was certainly at its most productive when playing with Liverpool, having transferred to the Merseyside club from Southampton in 2005. Despite going 19 games before scoring his debut goal, the ex-England international still netted 42 goals in 134 games for the Reds before leaving for Portsmouth.

During his time at Anfield, he helped the club win the 2006 FA Cup Final, as well as helping them to reach the 2007 Champions League Final, although only came on as a substitute as the Reds lost to Milan.

Following his time on Merseyside, Crouch played for Portsmouth, Spurs and currently Stoke City. He has prospered with each club, but has failed to hit the heights of his time with Liverpool.

This is the fear that Crouch lays out to Sterling, with a move likely to stall his development.

However, the young winger is likely to leave Anfield for greener pastures - with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all potential transfer locations - meaning that his career can only move upwards.

He is not moving as he is no longer needed, like Crouch, but to further his future. And that is why Sterling should be looking to leave Liverpool.

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