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Tuesday 25 April 2017

Off the Ball: Sterling's desperation to pack his bags could cost him dear

Star would cash in with bumper deal next year, so ill-advised exit strategy highlights Reds' decline

Raheem Sterling has been badly advised – he should stay at Liverpool for another 12 months to maximise his earning potential REUTERS
Raheem Sterling has been badly advised – he should stay at Liverpool for another 12 months to maximise his earning potential REUTERS

Ger Gilroy

So Raheem Sterling will tell Liverpool he wants to move, according to the weekend leaks. Perhaps it's a double-bluff. Though maybe Raheem genuinely just wants Champions League football and medals, given he knows that he'll be rich no matter what.

Perhaps it's just an agent's negotiating tactic and Sterling wants to become a Liverpool legend and this is to light a fire under the transfer committee's collective rear-ends.

Whatever the rationale for leaking this information now, it's hard to understand the desire of a footballer (or his agent) to tie himself to a new contract this summer when he could easily become a free agent and negotiate one of the biggest deals in football history in just 12 months' time.

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