Liverpool will not consider re-signing Raheem Sterling reports have claimed after the Manchester City forward revealed his admiration for his former club. Sterling left Anfield in the summer of 2015 in a deal worth £49million.
It was a departure that left a bad taste on Merseyside after Sterling conducted an interview in which he openly criticised the club for the way they went about contract negotiations.
“I keep hearing I’ve rejected all sorts of contract,” he told the BBC in April 2015.
“Me, the club and my reps have spoken about it and put talks on hold until end of season, so it’s frustrating to hear the contract situation keep going on and on. I just wanted to get my point across on the whole thing.”
He later claimed that he would have signed an extension worth £100,000 less if it was the season before, indicating that Liverpool were at fault.
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“If, at that point in time, I was offered a contract, I most definitely would have signed straight away, probably for far less money than being said now. I just think the timing was a bit off,” he added.
But the tables appear to have turned and it’s now Sterling who appears to be trying to keep the candle burning.
Last week during an Instagram Q&A, the England international confessed that he would be open to re-joining the Reds.
“To be honest with you, I love Liverpool,” he said.
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“Don’t get it twisted, they are always in my heart. It’s a team that done a lot for me growing up so…”
Despite the comments, The Athletic claim that the ship has now sailed and Liverpool are not interested in bringing him back to the club.
There are many reasons for that decision, but Sterling has simply burned his bridges at Anfield from when he left the club.
Liverpool fans have made their feelings known ever since, whenever they go up against Manchester City.
Sterling has struggled to contend with the hostile reception he has received.
His touches are met with boos and chants of “there’s only one greedy b******,” despite Sterling’s claims in 2015 that it’s not about the money.
Furthermore Sterling would likely cost at least £150million.
Liverpool simply cannot afford to pay that and also break their wage structure by bringing him through the door.
There are also doubts about where he would fit into this side given the quality of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, not to mention the outrage Sterling caused on England duty when he scratched Gomez following their tussle at Anfield in November.
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