Arsenal transfers: Raheem Sterling will quit Liverpool, says Danny Murphy
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy says the Reds must spend Raheem Sterling money wisely
Danny Murphy has tipped Arsenal target Raheem Sterling to leave Liverpool in the summer transfer window.
The England international has been heavily linked with a switch to Arsenal in recent weeks amid reports of a potential deal which could see Theo Walcott head to Anfield.
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
Sterling has been one of Liverpool’s most consistent performers in a disappointing season following Luis Suarez’s transfer to Barcelona last July.
Former Liverpool midfielder Murphy warned the Reds that they must spend the money raised from Sterling’s potential sale more wisely after their poor recruitment last summer.
“I’m in the camp of thinking Raheem Sterling might be off,” Murphy 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.”
Liverpool crashed out of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon after a 2-1 defeat by Aston Villa in the semi-final at Wembley.
The Reds are facing the prospect of a season without Champions League football unless Brendan Rodgers’ side can catch fourth-placed Manchester City.
The Merseyside outfit are current seven points behind the defending champions, who have played one game more than the Reds.