LIVERPOOL (Sporting Alert) — Raheem Sterling is apparently pushing for a move away from Liverpool, but former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes believes his future lies at Anfield.
Sterling reportedly turned down a £100,000 per week deal to stay with Liverpool, with several media outlets also suggesting that the England forward is holding out for a big money move.
A number of former players and pundits have been voicing their opinions about the situation, and Man United great Scholes is now adding to the chorus — citing that Sterling is not good enough at the moment to demand more money.
“When it comes to his future, my view is that Raheem Sterling should stay at Liverpool,” Scholes said in his column with The Evening Standard.
“They have elevated him from the junior sides and he has a manager who has built a teamaround him. He plays every week. What more do you need at that age?
“Sterling is a good player. He can beat a man and on his day he looks impressive.
“But he doesn’t score enough goals, not yet anyway. You have to be careful when you time a move to one of the biggest clubs.
“Occasionally, these young players do not realise what a good thing they are on to when they know they are playing every week.”
Sterling was outstanding for Liverpool last season, but the 20-year-old, despite still being one of the club’s star players, has struggled to repeat the same kind of form this term and Scholes believes this is because he is still working on his development.
The pacey wide-man has seen his attacking numbers dropped significantly this season as opposed to last term at this same point, but this could be because he’s had a change in his playing role.
It is understood that one of the main reasons Sterling is not ready to sign a new contract at Liverpool is because he is not comfortable with being asked to play as a wing back.
The Jamaican-born player has been linked with a move to Arsenal and to Real Madrid, with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger admitting that he is a ‘top player.’