Carragher blasts former Liverpool team-mate who reportedly wants to leave Anfield this summer
Raheem Sterling’s reluctance to sign a new Liverpool FC contract means that the player looks set to leave the Merseyside club this summer, with fans resigned to the fact that he will be moving to a Premier League rival.
It appears that Sterling will hold showdown talks with Brendan Rodgers this week, with the bookmakers anticipating that the England winger will sign for Manchester City.
Sterling and his advisers have not handled matters particularly well since the new Liverpool contract was put on the table, with the player refusing to discuss his future until the season was over but going ahead with a BBC interview after an angry reaction from supporters.
Jamie Carragher certainly feels as though Sterling’s conduct has been acceptable and claims to be angry that the player is “taking on” the club in this way.
“For a 20-year-old kid to be taking on Liverpool Football Club over a contract. To the pit of my stomach that just winds me up, it angers me,” Carragher said on Sky’s Monday Night Football.
“The lad is from London and he obviously wants to go back home. It might not be about money. It may be about trophies or playing in the Champions League. If it’s about trophies, Liverpool had a chance for a trophy this year, in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Aston Villa. Where was Sterling?
“If you want trophies, they don’t get given to you, you have to earn them, you have to play well in big games. What did Liverpool do in the Champions League? Nothing. What did Sterling do? Nothing.
“To do what he’s done now. There’s nothing worse than that. You keep your mouth shut – get on with playing football.”
Carragher knows a thing or two about loyalty considering he was with Liverpool all his career, while Steven Gerrard’s final Anfield match took place on Saturday after a long and illustrious career with the Merseyside club.
Sky Bet make Manchester City a 5/6 chance to be signing Sterling this summer, with the same bookie going 2/1 that Raheem remains at Anfield, while Chelsea and Arsenal are both 5/1 shots.
It appears that if Sterling does leave the club this summer, then he will remain in England, with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid available at much bigger odds.
Many Liverpool fans will hope that the club can command a hefty fee for Sterling who is not a world-beater at the moment and has had a fairly modest season in comparison to the previous campaign.
The player’s finishing has been especially suspect in recent weeks and his lightweight frame means that he can brushed off the ball easily.