6 Jan

Exclusive – Barnes tells Sterling: Don’t even think about leaving Liverpool

first_imgJohn Barnes has a simple message for Raheem Sterling: Stay at Liverpool.There are rumours linking the youngster with big money moves to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, while talks over a new Anfield deal have reportedly stalled.But former Merseyside hero Barnes claims the 20-year-old should not be thinking about going anywhere.“It would be a blow if Sterling leaves, but how well is he really playing to warrant more than £75,000 a week?” he said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He’s had one very good season and he’s not the finished article. He still has to improve, and leaving Liverpool now would be a mistake.“We’ve seen it before with [Wilfried] Zaha leaving Crystal Palace and going to Manchester United. When a young player, after one good season, gets an opportunity to go, is that the right thing for his career?“I think he should stay for four or five years and prove his consistency to show he can handle any situation in any country. It would be a bad move for him to leave [now].”last_img read more