Former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has blasted Raheem Sterling following reports the star winger has formally requested to leave the club.
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Sterling has been linked to a host of Premier League clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea, while it’s believed Real Madrid are keeping a keen eye on the 20-year-old.
Carragher slammed Sterling’s actions on Monday Night Football, saying he needed to change his agent immediately.
“Raheem Sterling is a great kid,” Carragher is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“He’s not some flash young kid. He’s not loud, he’s not in people’s faces. He loves his football.
“He needs to change his agent. That’s the one thing he needs to change.
“[But] for a 20-year-old kid to be taking on Liverpool football club, it angers me to the pit of my stomach.
“Raheem Sterling will obviously move on at some stage. Brendan Rodgers has said he won’t be leaving this summer but it looks like me that he’s trying to force the clubs hand.”
Carragher admitted that Sterling’s reasons for wanting to leave Liverpool may not just be about the money, but said the youngster should also feel partly responsible for the Reds’ poor season.
“It might not be about money, it could be about winning trophies or reaching the Champions League. If it’s about trophies Liverpool were close to last year, and had a chance at this year,” he said.
“He says its not about money, that maybe he wants to move back down to London and compete for trophies.
“Last season at Liverpool he was fantastic. Liverpool had a chance at a trophy this season. Where was Raheem Sterling?
“If you want trophies and big money they won’t be given to you, you have to earn them.
“What did Liverpool win this year? Nothing.”
Sterling has scored seven goals in 35 Premier League apperances this season, down from his nine goals from as many games last season.