Danny Murphy believes Raheem Sterling will leave Liverpool this summer and has called on his former club to spend the money they will receive from his sale wisely following the £100m splurge after Luis Suarez left last year.
The 20-year-old has been stalling on contract negotiations for some time and has revealed that he will not be discussing an extension with the Anfield giants until this summer, at which time he’ll be entering the final two years of his deal.
The likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid have been alerted by the situation, and with Liverpool having qualified for the Champions League just once since 2009, Sterling’s chances of silverware appear to be greater away from Merseyside.
The situation is similar in some regards to that of Suarez last summer, who left the club to sign for Barcelona in a £75m deal.
Brendan Rodgers’ side invested over £100m in fresh players, and with, arguably, Emre Can proving to be the only success story, their business has widely been panned.
Murphy believes that his old side may find it impossible to keep Sterling, but has urged them to invest wisely if they do indeed sell:
“I’m in the camp of thinking Raheem Sterling might be off,” he told talkSPORT. “That would be a huge negative. The club then has to use that money to bring in more players, but are the people in charge of recruitment doing the job well enough? I would question that.
“I know Brendan has said that he does have a say on the players and he is involved in the process. I hope he is because ultimately he’s the one being judged on them. The signings haven’t been brilliant.
“Brendan [Rodgers] is there for the long haul. He’s moved the club forward. Some of the problems this year were out of his hands.
“He couldn’t have predicted what Luis Suarez was going to do in the World Cup, meaning he had to revamp his squad.
“Daniel Sturridge has had some horrendous injuries this year. What you could question is some of the recruitment at Liverpool.
“Have the signings worked? £19m on Lazar Markovic, yes he’s talented but has he’s not produced yet. Rickie Lambert hasn’t played enough, Fabio Borini was £10m. Mario Balotelli was £16m, he’s not worked. Dejan Lovren, who cost £20m, has hardly played. Is £18m Mamadou Sakho the answer? That’s where I would put the question mark.”