Raheem Sterling has fallen out of favour at Manchester City and former England defender Rio Ferdinand has called for the winger to return to force a move to Liverpool.
At Euro 2020, Sterling was one of the key performers for England, scoring three times and assisting once over the course of the tournament.
The winger has made 200 Premier League appearance since joining City for £44million, but recently it has been speculated that the 26-year-old may favour a move away from Etihad Stadium.
With Phil Foden rising to fame quickly over the past few seasons and Jack Grealish arriving from Aston Villa for £100million, there has been a sudden emergence of competition on the left-wing.
Manchester United legend Ferdinand had his say on the situation and believes that Sterling is being mistreated by Guardiola having only started the forward twice this season.
On his Vibe with Five podcast, he said: "Where's Raheem Sterling? He's lost confidence because he's been taken out of the team,
"He was the go-to guy when they needed a goal, for so many years, and now all of a sudden he's in the wilderness.
"I'm baffled by it, I just don't understand. With Pep, he gets things right more often than not, but with this one there must be clubs sitting there going 'let's see how this pans out because I would take Sterling all day!'
"If I'm Liverpool, I'd buy Sterling tomorrow. If I'm him, I wouldn't go to Barcelona or Real Madrid right now, that's why I said Liverpool.”
But if Sterling did arrive on the doorstep of Anfield, where would he fit into Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
He is unlikely to displace Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah on either wing due to how reliable they have been for Klopp in previous years.
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However, both of the said pair have been utilised as a striker in years gone by and if played there then it could open up an opportunity for the Sterling to slot into the starting eleven – assuming Klopp is willing to drop Roberto Firmino.
Also, Klopp may choose to not drop Firmino entirely, instead, play the 29-year-old deeper.
The Brazilians creativity rather than goalscoring prowess suggests he could be played as a no.10 in an attacking midfielder role, which would in turn open the door for one of the quickest front three’s in the league.
There is also a lack of depth in the final third in the Reds’ squad, which will become more obvious in January when Salah and Mane are away at the African Cup of Nations.
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Harvey Elliott looked like a fitting replacement for either at the start of the season, but he sustained an ankle dislocation away at Leeds and will be sidelined for several months.
Dioga Jota, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino are the other available options in the final third, though the latter two will not feel the Liverpool faithful with much confidence due to their inconsistency and few minutes over the last few months.
Although unrealistic after he left the club on bad terms in 2015, Sterling would provide another world class option for Klopp in the final third and would relieve plenty of stress when the turn of the year comes around.
According to transfermarkt, the Queens Park Rangers academy product is worth £81million.
Having said that, though his does expire in 2023 and he was expected to sign a contract extension over the summer but negotiations were not as fast-paced as hoped for, which may mean he is available for a cut-price.
Though it would mean City are strengthening a rival, so he will be far from a bargain.
Only time will tell whether Sterling will return to the club that propelled him into stardom, and although it may take him a while to win the fans over, it would be a smart acquisition by Liverpool to bring him back.Read More Read More