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27 May 2017 12:11:10
This whole Bernardo Silva signing has had some talk around it. It is pretty obvious the guy is coming in to replace Jesus Navas, but ultimately that means he will be starting ahead of Sterling on that right wing, and his chances will be reduced further.

Which brings me to my real point. I cannot help but feel sorry for Sterling. I was a very strong critic of his, as I always felt he got over hyped and over rated way too soon. His finishing and end product was poor, and in wide areas I felt he was too predictable. In fact I even did a pretty extensive article to argue his best position was as an attacking midfielder, like where he had such a successful spell in our 13/ 14 title run.

So why do I feel sorry for him? Because despite his deficiencies he was still incredibly talented and had the POTENTIAL to be world class. That ship has now sailed in my opinion, but he is still a very good player. Pep seems to have made him less predictable as a winger. Instead of always cutting inside he seems genuinely content on going around the outside just as often now which makes him much harder to get the better of. But ultimately, he has not improved as rapidly as City hoped he would, and that is by and large, their fault. He has never been a regular for longer than couple of months, so he has never even had the chance to vastly improve.

I feel sorry for him, because he was a young man, who at just 20 years old had an Oil Baron wave money in his face (enough to secure his family for generations, which if you know anything about his childhood, was always going to be too tempting) and he had that evil and selfish bloke Ward whispering in his ear trying to get himself the best deal with no regards for Sterling. He had the chance at Liverpool to become an icon. "The next John Barnes" was a phrase regularly heard. Now he just looks like the next Shaun Wright Phillips at Man City! A talented young man seduced by the opportunity to be fast tracked to the top earner bracket, who is now seeing his career pay the price.

When he left I felt anger. Now I just feel disappointed. I watched almost every game he played for our club right through the academy years to when he left. So to see a career I was at one point so invested in, totally ruined by the ugly financial side of our beautiful game, is very disheartening.

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27 May 2017 12:28:31
Good post MK.

27 May 2017 12:36:51
Excellent post mk, but is that not the case with most young English players for the last decade? As soon as they show potential they're built up in the media and fans alike as the next great thing and peak far too soon or more likely, fail to push on to the next step. And the step after that. I'd be interested to hear of a starlet who's actually reached his potential in recent years?

27 May 2017 12:48:40
he's made his bed.

{Ed001's Note - that's an improvement then, he never made it when he was at Liverpool....}

27 May 2017 12:59:54
We all have choices in life. Sterling made his. Noone kidnapped him or blackmailed him into a move. He was coerced by greed and ego and he hasn't lived up to the hype. A smarter lad would have kept his feet on the ground and his ego in check.
Im sure he went to Man City for trophies and high wages so you could say he succeeded.

27 May 2017 13:14:50
Dangerous player but no end product. Take his pace away and he is average. That is not world class, the term gets used far to often in my opinion.

27 May 2017 13:27:02
Sorry my ass, his hippocampus was developed enough to not treat the club and his career the way he did. It was not the oil barons fault he has not put the effort in to develop his game. He was cosseted (mid season trip to the beach while his team soldiered on) then treats the club that developed him to merely potential like dirt. Not angry with him but certainly not sorry for him, i made plenty mistakes in my life im still living with do you all feel sorry for me too? 😁.

27 May 2017 13:01:47
LOL Ed, Quality reply.

27 May 2017 13:15:21
I thought you rated Sterling Ed001. Never saw what the fuss was coz his shooting and crossing has always been poor. It was only his pace that carried a genuine threat to the opposition.

{Ed001's Note - no end product.}

27 May 2017 13:40:07
Sterling can't be held accountable for other people/ fans expectations, not that i can remember too many calling him the next John Barnes, nor do i think he Shaun Wright Phillips. He is a descent player with no control over his value as a player. Yes he may have been a bit of a brat at Lfc and have a less than desirable agent looking afer him but you have to remember that Liverpool were doing nothing in the League, why wouldn't you want to go to a club with potentially more chance of winning trophies and playing at the very top of the game? I think some might be writing his obituary a little too soon.

27 May 2017 13:43:08
The lad's getting paid bucket loads to do something he loves at one of the world's top clubs. Most people would sell their soul to be in his position. He's had a great opportunity at City and, while he hasn't exactly excelled, he hasn't been a complete flop either. Also, he's still only 22 years old! He probably still has a fantastic career ahead of him. I think you're writing him off too soon. I don't resent him for what he did. As you say, he had the money waved in his face before he was mature enough to handle it properly, but there is absolutely no reason to feel sorry for Sterling at all.

27 May 2017 14:02:47
The question is where does Sterling go if Pep phases him out? City will want to recoup what they paid for him and I don't see any BPL side willing to pay that sort of dosh for him plus his huge wages. Maybe a move to China or PSG beckons. Will be an interesting next couple of years for Sterling for sure.

27 May 2017 14:10:40
Being rich and being happy are not as exclusively linked as some people think.

27 May 2017 14:13:19
I seem to remember him saying when he moved that he sees himself here for the rest of his career shame pep doesn't hahahaha loved him at Liverpool showed his real colours in the end was astonished that we got 50 million for him means couts if sold goes for 250 million 5 times the player five times the price right!?

27 May 2017 14:58:48
If Aidy Ward keeps whispering in Sterling's ears, the lad is bound to end up in China at some point. Shame as the potential is clearly there.

27 May 2017 22:59:33
He chose to listen to his agent.
It's his decision, he's an adult, he's a multi-millionaire.

Sympathy? Nope.

27 May 2017 23:48:20
I don't have any feeling about it other than you make your bed and you lie in it. If his reward is the bench then tough. It's what he wanted. His career, his choice. New Shaun Wright Phillips.

27 May 2017 23:52:43
He wasnt led astray.

He didn't want to play under Rodgers who was taking the credit for the the lads development.
The club had given Rodgers a new contract and I'd say that and the promise of big bucks tipped the balance.
There was aways an insecurity about Rodgers that at every opportunity he talked himself up big.
In all truth I think Rodgers wasnt ready for a club of Liverpools size and stature.

And I also think that if Klopp or Kenny were managers at that time the lad would have stayed.

But he wasn't led astray. He signed the contract. Its a shame as he has talent and speed.

Pep would need to be careful as well.
If he thinks he can replace a full spine of a team in one go and hope to win the prem. I think he is misguided.

27 May 2017 23:57:00
Not to put any shade on your post, MK but I literally have no opinion on Sterling or on any other player who has left LFC. Players come, play and go and that is the way it works now so not too bothered about what they do at their new clubs as that does not impact me in any way. As for Sterling, he has made his decision and should be fine living with it as he got what he wanted and we have actually gotten better as a team without him and that is all that should matter to us fans. If he was here right now, he wouldn't start ahead of Mane or Couts on either side so for me, LFC is better without him and i'm cool with that.



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