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Carlton Palmer says Raheem Sterling to Liverpool will never happen

Carlton Palmer told This is Futbol that Raheem Sterling won’t be able to rejoin Liverpool even if Jurgen Klopp wanted to sign him.

In June, the Reds supposedly received a boost in their alleged desire to bring the Manchester City star back to Merseyside when journalist Alex Miller reported that he had dumped his agent, Aidy Ward.

He wrote on Twitter at the time: “Chances of a Raheem Sterling return to Liverpool more likely after he ditched his agent, according to a well-placed source.

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“Major obstacle removed. Liverpool would still need the price to be right and for Jurgen Klopp to be convinced about player’s commitment.”

Where are the Sterling links coming from?

The story was given new life when Klopp gave Sterling a massive bear hug after the 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Anfield.

The Liverpool Echo reported that Sterling was “left beaming at the exchange”.

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Fichajes.net have also reported recently that the Reds want to sign him as soon as the January transfer window and suggest that Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane heading off to AFCON could be a factor in making a move to sign the 26-year-old.

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Speaking to the Financial Times, Sterling revealed his willingness to leave the Etihad in search of game time, saying: “If there was an opportunity to go somewhere else, I’d be open to it at this moment in time.

Could Sterling actually rejoin Liverpool in January or next summer?

The answer should be no, but you never really know what might happen in the world of football. Most Liverpool fans despise the Englishman for the way he forced a move to Manchester City which, for me, is the biggest obstacle in a potential return to the club.

Palmer believes the main obstacle would be City’s likely refusal to sell to a direct rival.

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When asked about a potential return to Anfield, he told This is Futbol: No chance, not a prayer, not after the way he left. I mean would Jurgen Klopp be interested in taking Raheem Sterling? Of course, I think he would be.

You never say never in football, I mean that would be a great bit of business, but would Man City sell Raheem Sterling back to Liverpool when Liverpool are going to be their rivals for the Premier League title? I don’t think that’s ever going to happen.

The Reds are currently two points above the Citizens in the Premier League table and it seems doubtful that they would allow Liverpool to pluck a fantastic player from their squad.

The English forward was sold for £49million (BBC) and, although his City contract expires in 2023, the Premier League champions would likely demand a huge fee to sell him.

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