Raheem Sterling was eager to move back for a second spell at Anfield last year.
He joined Chelsea in a £48million transfer from Manchester City. The Englishman has had a mixed form in West London scoring six goals and three assists in 22 games across all season. But Chelsea weren’t his first Choice According to The Athletic, the former Liverpool winger wanted a return to Anfield, where he began his career.
Raheem Sterling became an established England international and won the 2014 Golden Boy award during his time at Liverpool before joining Manchester City. The idea of Sterling re-joining Liverpool is difficult to imagine following his move to City. The Reds offered Sterling a new contract to stay on Merseyside and appeared to force a move to the Etihad – leading to criticism from many Liverpool legends.
In 2015, Steven Gerrard claimed:
“I’m not happy with all that carry-on. He needs to go in and see the owners. You don’t have to throw in illness, or refuse to go on tour. There are millions of Liverpool fans waiting to see Raheem pull on a Liverpool shirt”.
“It looks very disappointing from where I’m sitting. The fans have shown him great support, they want him to stay and I believe that he should too.”
Graeme Souness, meanwhile, added:
“He’s far from being the finished article. He should stay at Liverpool, learn his trade and get on with it… It looks like he’s turning his back on them [Liverpool fans] which, if he is, would be very sad for the football club.”
But reports suggest that Liverpool were not interested in bringing him back.
Liverpool lacks attacking options
On the left-hand side of the attack, Liverpool suffered a huge crisis due to injuries. Both Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota are injured.
And having sold Sadio Mane and Takumi Minamino last summer, Klopp couldn’t afford to suffer an injury to any of his attackers.
Sterling would have been a key player if Liverpool considered the move.
Liverpool are now dealing with a huge crisis. Signing Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven looks huge for the club. The Dutchman has huge potential and the ability to shine under Jurgen Klopp.
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