Liverpool transfers: Sterling wouldn’t start at Madrid, says Collymore
Stan Collymore doesn't believe Liverpool should be held to ransom by Raheem Sterling
Stan Collymore has warned Raheem Sterling that he wouldn’t get a game at Real Madrid amid ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Liverpool forward’s future.
Brendan Rodgers claimed that the Merseyside outfit had offered Sterling an “incredible” new deal which is believed to be worth in the region of £80,000-a-week.
Sterling is a player who is obviously important to Liverpool, but I don’t think he’s a huge deal breaker down the line
However, the 20-year-old is yet to sign the new contract despite Liverpool putting the package together over a month ago, prompting reports Sterling could leave.
The England’s international current deal is set to expire in 2017, and Premier League leaders Chelsea and Champions League holders Real Madrid have been linked with a move.
Speaking to talkSPORT on Monday evening, former Liverpool striker Collymore doesn’t believe the Reds should be held to ransom by the youngster.
“If Liverpool offer Sterling between £75,000 and £90,000 a week, he is doing exceptionally well on a five-year contract,” said Collymore.
“If he’s asking for £130,000 or £150,000 and wants to be the club’s top earner, do you know what I would do?
“I would honestly sell him, as good as he had been for Liverpool.
“They have benefitted from the emergence of players like Philippe Coutinho and Jordon Ibe, while Daniel Sturridge has come back and I think they will biff off Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert and get in another good striker.
“Sterling is a player who is obviously important to Liverpool, but I don’t think he’s a huge deal breaker down the line.
“By all accounts it seems that it is true Sterling is a target for Real Madrid, but he is living in an absolute dream world if he thinks he is getting in that team ahead of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema.
“He could be sat on Real Madrid’s bench for a couple of years, not get a game, get forgotten about, not necessarily get a game for England and end up coming back with his tail between his legs.”
Sterling, who has won 13 England caps, has scored five goals and has made five assists in 23 Premier League appearances this season.
The Liverpool forward has scored 16 times in 83 top-flight games following his debut in 2012.