Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has revealed why the club decided to sell Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49million this summer.
“The first thing I’d want to say about that is that we’ll only ever sell a player if we believe it’s in the best interests of the club. We have demonstrated that previously,” Werner told the ECHO.
“It was clear to us that Raheem didn’t want to stay at Liverpool.
“It was our collective decision that when the price we set was met by Manchester City that it was in the best interests of the club to sell.
“Regardless of how it played out, Raheem made an important contribution to the club during his time at Liverpool and I believe that he’s an outstanding player.
“I look forward to seeing him when he comes back to Anfield to play against us.”
It was inevitable that Liverpool had to see Sterling given all the drama that was happening with him and the club. As talented a player as Sterling is, he may have made the wrong decision to leave Liverpool at this stage of his career. He was becoming an important player as the club and it will be interesting to see how much game time he gets at Manchester City.
At the end of the day as Tom Werner said, there is no point keeping a player who does not want to play for the club and if someone meets his valuation then it is best to sell. What is worrying though for Liverpool is that this trend could continue in future with our star players. We saw Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez pull off the same stunt of wanting to leave. Hopefully a player like Coutinho is not next and Liverpool can start to win trophies and titles thus there is no reason for players wanting to leave.