A majority of Liverpool fans believe the club is handling the Raheem Sterling contract situation in the correct manner.
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And most see Sterling and his agent as the main reason why there has been an impasse that’s developed into this current, so-very public stand-off.
The Liverpool Echo asked Reds fans in the wake of Sterling’s interview with the BBC – where he admitted to turning down £100,000 a week and said Arsenal’s reported interest in him was ‘flattering’ – a series of questions to gauge how the fanbase is reacting to the developing story.
Asked if they believed Raheem Sterling would be at Liverpool next season a majority, 46 per-cent of fans, still believed he would but this was only slightly ahead of the 43 per-cent who thought he would not, 11 per-cent were undecided.
Perhaps the most revealing question was who Liverpool supporters blame for this situation – just 6.3 per-cent said the club whilst a staggering 82.9 per-cent said either Sterling or his agent were the culprits, 32.5 and 50.4 per-cent respectively.
A huge majority, 76 per-cent think the club was right to offer £100,000 per-week and say this is actually the player’s current market value, and only 3 per-cent thought the club should actually meet the widely reported £150,000 Sterling’s supposed to have demanded.
Surprisingly, 44 per-cent of fans think his exit would have little effect on the squad with 28 per-cent saying his blow would be cushioned by the likes of Jordon Ibe, whilst only 6 per-cent saw it as the catastrophe some or purporting it to be.
Of course, if Liverpool do eventually sell Sterling, it will be intriguing to see just how much money they manage to accrue through a transfer fee.
And 34 per-cent of fans, the largest group, think £50 million is the correct price whilst 31 per-cent believes he’s actually worth more.
Only 24 per-cent say he’s worth less than that at £40m and 11 per-cent think the club may actually be forced to sell him at a heavily reduced £30m.