James Pearce rubbishes Liverpool return for Raheem Sterling
Trusted Liverpool journalist James Pearce of the Athletic has poured cold water over the news of Raheem Sterling returning to Anfield.
“There’s more chance of Lord Lucan riding into Anfield on Shergar than Sterling returning to Liverpool any time soon. It’s a non-starter on every possible level.”
It was recently suggested that the 25-year-old could make a sensational return to Liverpool, five years after leaving the club in acrimonious circumstances.
The origin of the story can be traced back to the Instagram post where Sterling refused to categorically deny a return to Merseyside. The story gained further traction after one of the player’s representatives refused to rule out a transfer.
But ‘Bad News James’ as he is called in jest, has once again blown out the candles before everyone had finished singing.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) April 1, 2020
Although there is no doubting Sterling’s quality, his return could very well divide the fanbase. Fans will not have forgotten exactly how he engineered his way out of the club, and not all of us will be on board regarding a return.
There is no argument that he will improve our squad, but would he be able to displace Sadio Mane from the starting XI? Not really. The same point was also brought up by Pearce, who does not believe that the Englishman is an upgrade over the reigning African Player of the Year.
Sadio Mane is going nowhere in the foreseeable future and Liverpool do not need to replace the flying winger, further decreasing our need for a player like Sterling.
He further went on to add that the player’s wages coupled with Manchester City’s reluctance to sell to a major rival would make the deal a no starter.
Sterling has gone on to make a name for himself at the Etihad. He has won a number of trophies and has also established himself as one of the best in the business.
He recently spoke of being thankful to us for his development as a youngster. Considering the way he engineered his way out, his comments should be taken with a pinch of salt.
The team Sterling left is not the team we are now. The Reds are both European and World champions and are on course to knock City off the Domestic summit. Even if Sterling is on the move in the summer or in the future, it would be safe to say it won’t be to Anfield.
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Sterling may be a good player but at Liverpool, attitude is as important as talent. We have a close-knit group of players who play for the shirt as much as each other. We don’t need to add someone like Sterling to the mix. Liverpool have gotten far without him and will continue to do so.