A week to forget for Liverpool is being compounded by the club’s brightest talent refusing to sign a new contract following Champions League oblivion just days earlier.
Reports suggest Raheem Sterling is miles away from putting pen to paper on a fresh deal worth £70k per week.
Although this represents a hefty rise of £40k per week on his current deal, which still has two years left to run, Sterling is thought to be unimpressed, especially as the team are performing so poorly this season.
An all-too brief stint in Europe’s top competition allied with a laboured showing in the Premier League shows the steep fall from grace Liverpool have taken during 2014/15.
Languishing in ninth ahead of their trip to Old Trafford, Brendan Rodgers’ men have slipped out to 14/5 shots just to make the top four, when barely six months prior the title beckoned.
It has become crystal clear that selling their best player Luis Suarez to Barcelona has been crippling for the club’s fortunes, but that is why keeping hold of Sterling becomes even more paramount.
Among the darkness which has descended over Anfield this season, Sterling represents a symbol of hope that the future holds brighter times ahead.
The versatile forward has just begun to hit the sort of electrifying form of last season, which briefly deserted him during this campaign.
Liverpool cannot afford to let the likes of Real Madrid and others get wind that their prize asset is fair game to be approached.
If it is money that matters, then this is the time the Americans owners must dig deep to ensure Sterling continues to carry the flag for Liverpool and no one else.
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