We have been repeatedly linked with a move for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling over the course of the season (via the Express), but his Anfield teammate Jordan Henderson is hopeful that he will remain at the club beyond this season.
It looked recently as though Sterling would definitely be on his way out of Liverpool this summer, with his agent Aidy Ward claiming that money was no object and that his client would not sign a new deal under any circumstances, according to the BBC.
Things aren’t as clear anymore however, and Henderson seems to believe there is a good chance Sterling will remain at Liverpool.
The England international defended his compatriot – who has come in for some criticism in the media recently – insisting that Liverpool is the best place for him to further his career.
“He gets a bit of criticism because of how things have been dealt with, but I know him better as a person,” Henderson said, as quoted by the BBC.
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“I could not fault him as a person or a player. He is a great lad and gives everything for the team.
“For such a young lad he is so mature and does not let the outside world affect him.
“His work ethic is amazing. He is improving all the time. I hope we can keep him at Liverpool for many years, he can blossom here and become a top player.”
Sterling is unquestionably a fantastic young talent, and the 20-year-old looks to have a truly bright future ahead of him. He would presumably cost us a huge amount of money though, and reports suggest we would have to part with Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott if we wanted to bring him to the Emirates (via the Metro).
I wouldn’t turn Sterling down if he were offered to us, but we shouldn’t be breaking the bank to bring him in, and there are arguably more important areas of the team that need strengthening.