According to reports from L’Equipe, Raheem Sterling could make a shock return to Liverpool in the summer, despite the prospect of any potential move materialising seemingly absurd.
Sterling, 25, is reportedly considering his future with current Premier League holders Manchester City who were recently handed a two-year ban from the Champions League.
Controversy with his current club has fueled talk of a return to his former team although the rumours must be taken with a pinch of salt at this early stage.
Although it is plausible in the sense that Liverpool are currently the only team in England that can match Sterling’s aspirations in terms of tangible success on the pitch as well as the prospect of Champions League football there a number of external factors that make any potential move difficult.
Sterling still has a flawed reputation amongst the Liverpool fan base following his controversial exit from the club in 2015, and a number of statements he has made about the club since.
Last year, the England international joked that nobody wanted Liverpool to win the league, which isn’t exactly the ideal route to take when commenting on the team that initially developed the player into the world superstar he is today.
“Any little slip and you’ve got the Liverpool guys who could go on top of you. You don’t want that. I don’t want that. I don’t think anybody wants that,” Sterling said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
Although there is no bad blood between Sterling and his former teammates, there are too many factors – not even mentioning the gargantuan price-tag City could command for the winger – to even justify why a move back to Liverpool would be logical.
Also, Liverpool’s attack is in no hurry of alteration or reconstruction which raises another argument as to why Jurgen Klopp or Michael Edwards would contemplate making a move for the former Anfield hero.
There is no questioning that Sterling is one of the most talented players in the world in his respective position, however, time isn’t always a healer and for the Ballon d’Or nominee to come back to Anfield wouldn’t necessarily be a welcomed move for all those concerned with the red half of Merseyside.