Liverpool legend Phil Thompson has launched a stunning attack on want-away Reds winger Raheem Sterling following reports that he wants to quit the Merseyside club in the summer.
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The 20-year-old rocked the club with news that has no plans to extend his contract at the club and that has been met by a negative reaction from a large number of former Reds players including Thompson, who has hit out at the youngster for his reported high wage demands of £100k-a-week:
“Raheem Sterling is a good player. He is not a great player.” Thompson said (via Mirror Online).
“He’s not the superstar he perceives himself to be.”
“For the money he is asking, £100,000-a-week, I don’t actually think he is worth that. I basically think it is greed.”
It must be pointed out that Sterling did say in his interview with BBC Sport last month that money would not be the major influence when it came do deciding his future and that he is motivated by the prospect of winning trophies.
The Reds aren’t in a position to fulfill those demands this season after crashing out of both domestic competitions at the semi-final stage and they never really threatened to do well in Europe.
Failure to finish in the top-four and qualify for the Champions League next year will make it tough for manager Brendan Rodgers to attract world class players to the club in the summer and it appears Sterling feels he has a better chance of winning silverware elsewhere.