While the future of Raheem Sterling is still up in the air despite recent developments, former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli says it would be best if the club simply sells the young winger.
Comolli made the assertion when he was asked by ESPNFC for his opinion on the ongoing question about Sterling and his future. “If he refuses to extend his contract and they don’t sell him this summer, there is a major risk he will leave on a free transfer [in 2017],” Comolli reasoned out. He argues that no team would want to be in that predicament.
The former director also said that, even if Liverpool gives it another shot to try and persuade Sterling anew, the young winger is likely going to reject their offers again. As such, according to Comolli, it would be better for the team to simply let go of the player.
On the other hand, former Liverpool winger John Barnes said that it would be better for Sterling to stay with the Reds, if he wants to improve on his career. He also asserted that, even if he heads to Manchester City, there is no guarantee that he will be top priority in the line-up. Barnes added that the Reds gave Sterling the opportunity and would be more than willing to continue that.
Comolli’s and Barnes’ comments are the latest in the long line of opinions on whether or not Sterling should stay. Earlier, former Reds defender and current Sky Sports analyst Jamie Carragher made a similar position to Barnes, saying that, if there is something that Sterling needs to change, it would be his agent. Meanwhile, Carragher’s fellow analyst Gary Ne3ville said that Liverpool still has the chance to persuade the 20-year old to stay.
Sterling has reportedly made the decision to leave his current squad and is expected to officially inform the team on Friday.