Sterling to quit Liverpool
leaves it is unlikely any tears will be shed, especially if Liverpool can rake in around £35m.
Could Liverpool have done any more? Other than offering Sterling a contract worth £100,000-a-week and delivering the chance to flourish as a first-team regular, in a team that almost won the Premier League last season, what else could they have given him?
Manager Rodgers even allowed Sterling to take a mid-season break in Jamaica to recharge his batteries and guard against any burnout later in the campaign.
Liverpool’s contract offer seems more than reasonable for a player at this stage in his career.
It would seem, then, that Liverpool’s failure is not qualifying for the Champions League or some hitherto hidden breakdown in his relationship with Rodgers.
Sterling has played his part, or not, in Liverpool not making the top four and it is hard to see how Rodgers could have treated him any better.
There is no mileage in Sterling suggesting he has not been protected from negative headlines by Liverpool, as the most eye-catching publicity and biggest reaction came from an interview with BBC Sport’s Natalie Pirks - an interview he conducted without the club’s permission.
Has Sterling let Rodgers down?