Three reasons why Liverpool can flourish without Raheem Sterling
Three reasons why Liverpool can survive if Raheem Sterling does leave the Merseyside outfit
With the arrival of the 23-year-old Brazil international from Hoffenheim, Liverpool fans could see this as an improvement on Raheem Sterling, who signed for the club in 2010 from the academy at Queens Park Rangers. During his four-and-a-half year spell at the German club, Firmino helped his side to promotion to the Bundesliga. He earned the league’s breakthrough player award in the 2013-2014 season after scoring 16 goals in 33 games. Firmino also made his international debut for Brazil in 2014 and proved to be a player worth having at the Copa America. With Sterling appearing disgruntled at the club, a player like Firmino could improve the chemistry within the squad.
Rodgers’ new summer signings
It has been suggested that Liverpool are already better prepared for this season than last. The club has strengthened across all areas of the pitch. Not only has the Merseyside club acquired Firmino, the Reds signed Danny Ings from Burnley, experienced English international James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton. With these new additions, many are tipping the club to make a return to the top four after their sixth-place finish last season. What these signings give Liverpool is plenty of depth in the attacking role. One of Liverpool’s weaknesses last season was on the wings and adding Clyne to the mix was a step in the right direction. Losing a world-class young player like Sterling would be a massive blow, but with the price tag of £50m, this could help Liverpool to attract new players.
The money they earn from Sterling sale
At the moment, Sterling is valued at £35m. However, with Manchester City having £35m and £40m bids rejected by Liverpool, it has been reported that we could see a deal being made in the region of £50m. This could see the club go a long away in the transfer market. If Sterling does move to City, Pedro Rodriquez has been added to the manager’s target list. It has been suggested that Pedro could be making a summer exit from Camp Nou as he targets first-team football, although Barcelona are valuing the World Cup winner at £30m. Pedro became the first player in history to score in six different official club competitions in one season. He has also represented Spain at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 and has scored 58 goals in 208 appearances for the Catalan side. He would be a more than capable replacement for Sterling.