Sunday 21 January 2018

Sterling tests the patience of 'Pool fans

Well, we may not be much wiser about where Raheem Sterling (right) will play his football next season, but we can safely deduce that his agent is no Rommel of the PR world.

Just as Liverpool's hopes of a Champions League place seem to be unravelling terminally, Sterling's BBC interview came across as hopelessly disingenuous and craven. "It's never been about money," he said when, frankly, the dogs in the street know that that is the one and only thing it is about.

And Aidy Ward's next trick? Perhaps he might look into securing some personal sponsorship for his client from The Sun. Sterling is a hugely promising player who could, in time, become a great one. But, for now, his finishing is poor and, on occasion, he gets brushed off the ball by defenders as if his mind has drifted elsewhere.

Yet the Liverpool supporters love him because they see in him a young player with game-changing ability, one who can - on the good days - offer something exhilarating.

He still has two and a half years left to run on his Anfield contract and, given Brendan Rodgers's recent confirmation that - on Sterling's request - there would be no further discussions on an new deal until the season's end, how on earth was this week's interview going to be helpful?

Stop digging kid.

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