Ster­ling to quit Liver­pool

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

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?

Ra­heem Ster­ling

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