Former Liverpool star Michael Owen believes the club should cash in on Raheem Sterling, saying that he has reached the point of no return with the fans, The Sun reports.
Owen claims that the bad blood between the player, club and fans has reached boiling point and that the best thing to do for everyone one involved is to part ways.
“Now it’s gone a bit too far,” Owen said.
“I expect him not be a Liverpool player. Public opinion has counted against him, so you would have thought he would be leaving.
“It’s not someone whose contract is running down. Here we have got someone with two years left on his contract and it’s been dragged out in the news for so long now. So it’s not been handled great.”
Owen also says that though Luis Suarez may be irreplaceable, having left last summer for Barcelona, but he doesn’t quite put the 20-year-old England international in the same bracket.
“He’s a very good player. But, put it this way, a year ago they lost Luis Suarez and he was irreplaceable, you cannot replace someone that good.
“If Liverpool lose Sterling they can replace him, certainly with the money they would get.
“Yes he’s got loads of potential but you can replace him. If I was a Liverpool fan I would obviously want an answer but I wouldn’t be losing sleep if he did leave and you got a fair old chunk of money for him.”
Sterling’s influence on the side visibly diminished as the season wore on, but he still managed to end the campaign with 11 goals in 47 appearances across all competitions.
However, Sterling caused controversy when reports surfaced that he was suffering with fatigue earlier in the campaign, forcing him to pull out of the England team. He was then seen out partying just 24 hours after omitting himself from the side.
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