Liverpool starlet Sterling linked with return to London

The Daily Mirror has reported that Liverpool prospect Raheem Sterling is considering a return to his native London at the urging of his family.

Sterling, 17, is said to be attracted attention from Tottenham Hotspur as his family feel his progress has stalled at Anfield. The Mirror claims Sterling’s discontent at not breaking into the senior Liverpool set-up is “well-documented“.

The striker, who can also play as a winger, is said to be frustrated that Liverpool have blooded a number of young defensive players, including Martin Kelly, Jay Spearing, Jack Robinson and Jon Flanagan, but more attack-minded youngsters have not had such chances. The Mirror adds that Neil Mellor was the last striker to come through Liverpool’s Academy and into the first team in the 2002-03 season.

Sterling was on target this week for Liverpool’s reserve side in a 1-1 draw with Arsenal, while the Mirror reveals Liverpool have rejected a host of loan offers for the player, from clubs including Bolton Wanderers, Swansea City and West Ham United.

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