England winger Raheem Sterling made a big mistake when he chose to leave Liverpool for Manchester City during the summer, according to Reds icon John Barnes.
The England international departed Anfield in favour of a £50 million switch the Manchester-based club during the summer and has experienced a tough time of things during his maiden season with the Citizens.
Barnes said: “What I always say is that young players who do well for one season and have got great potential should stay at their clubs for four or five years.
“Until you’re sure of a four or five-year period of consistent quality, all you are is potential.
“Raheem should have stayed at Liverpool and improved, not join City where he is being judged as a £50 million player, who is earning £180,000 per-week.”
The quotes are naturally infuriating to the City fans who are gathered in the Tavern ready for the evening’s sport quiz, with the group believing that Barnes is sticking his nose into matters which do not concern him.
His comments are intriguing though and Sterling probably would have been better served in a development sense to stay with the Reds, following an inconsistent first season at the Etihad Stadium.
One Liverpool fan is sat chatting to the landlord and he believes that although Sterling is a fantastic player, his work rate might have seen Jurgen Klopp drop him by now, following a questionable attitude at times during his time at Anfield.
Manchester City fans, what do you make to Barnes’ comments? How has Sterling performed for you this season?