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Liverpool asked new Raheem Sterling question as transfer "obstacle" removed

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The prospect of Raheem Sterling coming back to Anfield would seem like a potentially bigger Liverpool U-turn than John Henry’s dramatic apology video over the proposed European Super League.

Fallen Kop Idol Sterling, who joined the Reds as a 15-year-old from Queens Park Rangers in 2010, left Anfield in acrimonious circumstances in 2015 when having turned down what manager Brendan Rodgers has described as an “incredible” new deal, he refused to travel on a pre-season tour of the Far East before his big money transfer was forced through.



However, sports finance journalist Alex Miller now claims the chances of a Sterling return to Liverpool are more likely after he ditched his agent, according to what he describes as a “well-placed source.”



He adds that a "major obstacle" has been removed but Liverpool would still need the price to be right and for Jurgen Klopp to be convinced by the player’s commitment.



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Those last couple of points seem understatements to say the least. But while it might seem fanciful at this stage to expect Sterling to be running out in a red shirt with a Liver Bird on his chest at any point in the near future, it is perhaps not beyond the realms of possibility.

Maybe the player was suffering from a bit of cabin fever like the rest of us when cooped up at the start of the first coronavirus-induced lockdown in March last year - but he admitted he’d consider a Liverpool return.

Taking part in a question and answer session on the Instagram account of his agency, Colossal Sports Management, Sterling was asked directly if he would ever consider a Liverpool return one day.

He said: "Would I ever go back to Liverpool? To be honest with you I love Liverpool.

"Don’t get it twisted, they are always in my heart. It’s a team that has done a lot for me growing up so…"

Some 15 months on, the 26-year-old still hasn’t signed an extension to the deal he signed back in November 2018 and his current contract at the Etihad is up in 2023.

Unless Sterling does put pen to paper with his current employers who are still searching for that elusive first Champions League success, then his market value will only decrease over the next two years.

Even if Klopp did want him, it would still take a major shift in opinion from Kopites to welcome back their former wonderkid.

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A return to Anfield with Manchester City in November 2019 saw him clash with home defender Joe Gomez in a bad-tempered spat that spilled over onto international duty with England the following week.

The winger was sent home after a flashpoint in players’ canteen at the Three Lions’ St George’s Park training base after 5ft 7in Sterling reportedly asked 6ft 2in Gomez whether he was “still the big man.”

While the likes of Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler and Steve Staunton all departed the club on relatively good terms and were greeted with open arms by Liverpool second time around, it seems that Sterling has bridges to build.

Following his comments last year about a potential return, over 10,000 ECHO readers took part in an online poll asking whether they’d take the player back at the Reds but more than 70% of participants said no.

You never know in football though. Who’d have thought after ‘The miracle of Istanbul’ that Rafa Benitez would one day be in putting himself in the frame for the Everton manager’s job with Steven Gerrard also mooted?


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