Jamie Carragher runs the rule over Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says Raheem Sterling will be under more scrutiny if he completes £49m move
Jamie Carragher has warned his former Liverpool team-mate Raheem Sterling that he will be under increased press if he completes a £49m move to Manchester City.
The England international is reported to have completed a medical at the Premier League runners-up on Tuesday ahead of the completion of his big-money transfer.
Now he’s moved there will be more eyes on him, of course, but let’s not forget he’s still a young player
Carragher was team-mates with Sterling for three seasons before the Champions League winner called time on his career in 2013.
And the retired England centre-half issued a word of warning for Sterling ahead of his City switch.
“There will be more scrutiny on him because of the size of the fee,” Carragher told Sky Sports News.
“When players go for that much money there is that added pressure.
He’s still a young player – he’s going to have ups and downs. At Liverpool, sometimes he was outstanding, but in the second half of last season he tailed off a bit as all young players do.
“The same thing will happen at Man City because he’s still only young. That was my argument for him to maybe stay another two or three years at Liverpool, to gain maturity not just as a person but as a player in the performances.
“Now he’s moved there will be more eyes on him, of course, but let’s not forget he’s still a young player. Over the next two or three years hopefully we’ll be talking more about Sterling on the pitch than off it, as we have been the last few months.”
The 20-year-old scored seven goals and made seven assists in 32 Premier League games last season.
Sterling, who moved to Anfield from Queens Park Rangers in a £500,000 deal in 2010, has netted just 23 times in 129 games in all competitions.
Brendan Rodgers has already signed six new signings in the summer transfer window ahead of Sterling’s much-anticipated departure.