The drama surrounding Raheem Sterling and his future seems to be not over yet, as the young winger gets booed by fans during the annual Liverpool awards night.
The incident happened when Sterling was receiving the Liverpool Young Player of the Year award. Journalists Tony Barrett and Ben Smith, who were both present during the ceremony, reported that chants of “Stay, Raheem!” were heard among the audience as he was delivering his acceptance speech. He was then loudly booed by some fans as he left the stage. Sterling received another set of jeers when his name was mentioned later during a video montage.
This is not the first time that the winger has been heckled by disgruntled fans. Last month, a similar incident happened during the public launch of the club’s new home kit.
Sterling received the club’s Young Player of the Year award in recognition of his contribution to the club this season.
Howsever, the 20-year old has been controversial in the last few months with his ongoing contract impasse. Earlier, it was reported that he has already decided to leave the Reds and is expected to officially inform the club this coming Friday.
However, several analysts, including former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, have said that it would be better for the winger to stay with the squad. Carragher also remarked that Sterling might also want to change his agent instead. Outgoing team captain Steven Gerrard has also opined that Sterling should consider staying.
Meanwhile, aside from Sterling, Philippe Coutinho also got his own award, receiving the Goal of the Season trophy from manager Brendan Rodgers for his impressive strike against Southampton. He also managed to bag the Performance of the Year award.
After the awarding ceremonies, Rodgers admitted that they had a not so impressive performance this season, but also vowed that they will be more prepared next season.