The ever-hopeful Tom Simmons, writing here for acclaimed Liverpool blog Empire of the Kop, has claimed that Raheem Sterling will stay at Liverpool next season, but only if the Reds are able to win the FA Cup and qualify for the Champions League via a top four finish.
Simmons is clearly desperate for the 20-year-old forward to remain at Anfield, where he has been the top scorer so far this term with ten goals in all competitions, and it’s easy to see why. The 2014 Golden Boy winner has been an integral player for Brendan Rodgers’ side over the last couple of seasons, and has proved on multiple occasions that he’s got the potential to be one of the best in the world.
However, if it’s true that he’s demanding £130,000-per-week, then surely Liverpool can’t give in. To do so would be pitifully weak. No player of that age deserves to be earning such ridiculous wages, regardless of how good they are, or how good they could become.
Sterling already has an offer of £100k sitting on the table, and if he wants to force his way out to Manchester City, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, then Liverpool should simply let him go – and make sure they get the best price for him that they possibly can.
Players such as Anderson – the long-time Manchester United laughing stock – and Alexandre Pato, have also been voted the world’s most talented young player in the past, so we know that it’s no guarantee of success.
There’s a chance that Sterling is at the peak of his value right now, and if that proves to be the case then Liverpool might as well make the most of it. If they can get £50m, or even £60m, they would be able to take that and reinvest it in the rest of the squad.
So Mr. Simmons, stop worrying so much, and enjoy your excellent start to 2015!