Sterling’s brain has been scrambled, according to Liverpool great Fowler.
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Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler believes Raheem Sterling still has a chance of winning over the Reds supporters, by backing down in the contract dispute with the club.
Fowler says no matter the pay rise Sterling has been promised by the Citizens, the 20-year-old winger should really think about his career before anything else.
“It’s obvious Raheem has been confused by what’s happened over the last few months, but I still believe the right thing for his development is to stay, and I hope for his sake he can somehow see that,” Anfield legend said.
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler. Getty.
“I still think there is time to back away from this. These things seem to get a momentum and you think you have no options, but if he were to take a step back and find a way of staying at Liverpool, I think the fans would embrace that.
“I’m not having a go at him, he’s a kid and when things like this happen it can scramble your brain, but I’m saying that he can still stay at Liverpool – even now – and it’s the best place for him."
Fowler continued: “He’d be crazy to go at this stage in his development, surely he can see how much the manager has got out of him already, and can develop him even more?
“One of things you have to think about as a young player is which managers have a track record of developing emerging talent. [Liverpool manager] Brendan Rodgers has proved he has, but have City shown any capacity to do that?
“Sometimes it’s difficult to see things clearly in these situations, but if Raheem looks back on this whole episode when he’s older, I reckon he’ll think the same.
"You have to do what’s best for your career over the long term, and I think everyone in football believes it would be best for him if he stayed a bit longer.”