Raheem Sterling looks like he will be in trouble with the Liverpool owners and management after his interview with BBC on Wednesday, given the club had not given permission for him to do so, report the a Express.
The Liverpool starlet confronted accusations of being a ‘money-grabbing 20-year-old’, claiming that he cared more for trophies than any wage amount. The 20-year old has refused to extend his contract with the club despite a significant wage increase to A?100,000-a-week, more than double of what he is currently making. Some claimed that the player’s representative was holding out for a whopping A?180,000 per week, but more reports have suggested that the sum being targeted by the player and his representatives is A?140,000, still four times of what he is currently making (A?35000).
Liverpool have done a lot to ensure the 20-year old is protected from media intrusion since last season and all his interviews have been sanctioned by the club so far. But various media outlets are reporting that the club is not happy with this interview. out of their way to protect Sterling from media intrusion since he broke into the first team last season and are set to take his latest actions badly. Sterling spoke frankly about his future with the club and also acknowledged that interest from Arsenal was “flattering”.
Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail has written for the paper and said that the club hierarchy was left “aghast” by the player’s comments, which they were unaware of. At Liverpool on Wednesday the cluba s hierarchy were aghast. Not only did they know nothing of Sterlinga s chat with the BBC until other journalists rang to ask them about it, they are understandably suspicious about the timing and motives. Rodgers and his players are coming off a sobering home loss to Manchester United, in which Sterling played poorly, and now face Arsenal in the League and Blackburn in the FA Cup a games that will go a long way to determining whether this current season is marked success or failure. Now, rather than draw a line under talk about his contract, the subject of Sterling and his future will dominate the next few days. Liverpool and Rodgers, who tends to be unemotional about these things, view this as unhelpful and unsettling.
Even though Sterling has said that he is focused at Liverpool till the end of the season, his comments suggest otherwise and given the fact that the club management didn’t know an interview of this sort was going to occur in the first place, the player could definitely face the wrath of Rodgers and the rest of the management, given they have shown in the past to not get bullied by such behaviour.