According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Raheem Sterling’s Manchester City future is far from certain amid a contract ‘stalemate’. The 23-year-old was outstanding for Pep Guardiola’s men last season in netting 23 goals and laying on 17 assists in all competitions, 18 goals and 15 assists of which coming in the Premier League as the Citizens stormed to the title in accumulating 100 points from their 38 matches.
Yet City are reportedly willing to sell the £81 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) next summer if he does not agree a new deal, and these reports could prompt Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool into an audacious move to re-sign the attacker.
Ultimately, the 23-year-old left Anfield back in 2015 after coming up through the ranks and beginning his senior career on Merseyside, with the England international scoring 23 goals and laying on 25 assists in 129 games for the Reds.
Yet his move to City was met with widespread negativity given the way it was seemingly handled, but one cannot deny that it was a decision that has advanced Sterling’s footballing career given he has since gone on to win the Premier League under Guardiola, and produced the best season of his career last time round.
And while it is unlikely to be a popular move among Liverpool fans, their side should seek to lure Sterling back to Anfield, as doing so would provide them with greater depth and competition in the forward ranks.
The lethal front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah netted a staggering 91 goals between them in all competitions last term to underline their status as one of the best attacking forces in Europe, yet the strength in depth outside of the trio is very much lacking.
And that’s because Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke are the first in line when it comes to replacing any of the aforementioned trio, and while Xherdan Shaqiri’s arrival from Stoke City will go some way to giving Klopp another option, he’s not at the same level as messrs Firmino, Mane, and Salah – Sterling is though.
The 23-year-old scored 18 goals in the Premier League last season to help City comfortably win the title, but his tally of 15 assists also underlines that not only does he have the goal-scoring in him, but he’s also got the creativity to contribute even when not scoring, which has become a requirement of the modern-day winger.
Yet with his City future somewhat uncertain, Liverpool could seek to make an audacious move to lure the England international back to Anfield.
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!