Former Liverpool hero Michael Owen has slammed Raheem Sterling’s decision to conduct an interview on his contract situation at Anfield, reports the Daily Star.
The 20-year-old recently did an interview with the BBC in which he claimed he was ‘flattered’ by interest from Arsenal, and that he cares more about trophies than money. Owen should know about the situation, having left the Merseyside club for Real Madrid as a youngster in a similar manner to how Sterling could.
The former England international thinks that the current Reds star is getting some poor advice, and should never have participated in the interview.
Owen said: “We saw further evidence that Sterling isn’t a natural in front of the camera. That’s not a huge issue in itself but it does beg an obvious question: Why on earth did his advisers consent to exposing his client to a situation that he doesn’t feel comfortable in while discussing arguably the hottest current topic in English football?
“Unless he was going to announce that he was signing a new contract imminently, he was on a hiding to nothing. Every Liverpool fan was hanging on his every word and if there were a few willing to sympathise with him a week ago, there won’t be many who do now.”
Manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that the youngster stays at Anfield after losing Luis Suarez last summer, and with Steven Gerrard having already agreed a move away at the end of the season.