Report: Liverpool have a new transfer plan that completely ruled out signing 'excellent' £45m player
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Report: Liverpool have a new transfer plan that completely ruled out signing 'excellent' £45m player

Liverpool have a new transfer plan that completely ruled out signing Raheem Sterling, according to reports. The winger is off to Chelsea.

This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They claim that Liverpool ruled out any transfer for Raheem Sterling this summer, despite his availability.

Sterling is quite plainly leaving Manchester City in the next few days. Reports from all over claim he’s agreed terms with Chelsea and ESPN believe he’ll cost the Blues around £45m.

The Mirror actually claimed on Wednesday that Liverpool had interest in Sterling, too. They were apparently one of several clubs who wanted the England star, with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain also trying.

But the Echo say that’s just not true. In fact, Liverpool would never have moved for Sterling as he’s simply too old. The winner is now 27 and the Reds are no longer willing to spend big on players of that age.

They’ll only pay large fees for players in their early 20s, such as Darwin Nunez. That’s the result of an ageing squad as Liverpool try to invest in their future.

Liverpool ruled out Raheem Sterling transfer

This would be a relatively new plan, then. Liverpool signed Thiago in 2020, after all, and he was a couple of years older than Sterling. Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Alisson were all in their mid-20s or older when they joined the Reds, too.

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Nunez, though, is 22. That appears to be the oldest Liverpool will go for and honestly, that makes complete sense. There’s no need for players in their prime right now as the Reds already have a squad capable of competing at the top level. Investing in the next generation should be the plan.

And so the ‘excellent’ Sterling, as Pep Guardiola labelled him this year, was never going to be an option. That would be a £45m investment in the present, with the player only really competing at the top level for a few more years. As Liverpool try to skew younger, they’ll turn a blind eye to such players for at least a couple of years.

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