Why Liverpool must sell their latest star to La Liga giants

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As if the shortcomings of geriatric skipper, Steven Gerrard, being plastered all over the back pages wasn’t tough enough for Liverpool fans to stomach, Real Madrid are preparing to swipe Anfield poster boy Raheem Sterling from the Merseyside club.

While the Jamaican-born flier has shown no signs of dissent, it’s thought he’s not fond of being forced to nickel and dime on £30,000-a-week, while the lure of Los Blancos would be difficult to ignore.

A Real delegation could be on hand to witness the Reds face Everton in the tussle for local spoils this weekend, a game in which Sterling is 6/1 to bag first.

After losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona in the summer, Brendan Rodgers has been hard at work reshaping his squad and would be seismically miffed if he was forced to relinquish the teenager.

But with the threat of financial fair play penalties hanging over their head, selling Sterling for mega bucks wouldn’t be such a bad move, especially if they could shoehorn Isco into the bargain.

The boy from Benalmadena is rumoured to have long been a target of Liverpool’s and, as a natural in the number 10 role, his passing prowess would ensure Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge were furnished with all the chances required to stockpile the goals this season.

Sterling is more inclined to take on defenders than he is to conjure goals and, while his talent is obvious, it can be argued that he isn’t the ideal player to deploy in such a position.

Isco, on the other hand, has been busy proving that he is, despite playing an ancillary role for at the Bernabeu this term.

In only two Los Merengues starts this term, the former Malaga man has laid on three assists, averaging 1.6 key balls in the process.

His laser-eye accuracy has also enabled him to find a teammate with over 88 per cent of his passes.

By contrast, Sterling has started four league games, yet mustered just one set up, while his passing accuracy is considerably inferior at 78.5 per cent too.

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