Rio Ferdinand claims Liverpool should buy Raheem Sterling

Rio Ferdinand has told his Five Podcast that he would sign Raheem Sterling tomorrow if he was Liverpool amid doubts over the Manchester City star’s future.

Sterling has come in for criticism with the 26-year-old only scoring once so far for Pep Guardiola’s men in all competitions this season.

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In fact, he has only made two starts in the Premier League. Meanwhile, he also began the stunning 6-3 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League on the bench.

The Telegraph reported recently that questions are being asked about his future with the Cityzens. He is out of contract in 2023 and is yet to sign a new deal with Pep Guardiola’s side.

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Ferdinand was discussing Sterling’s situation on his podcast. And when it was put to him that he was not going to move to another Premier League heavyweight, the retired defender suggested that his former club should come calling.

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“There must be clubs sitting there going: ‘Boy, let me see how this situation pans out because I would take Sterling all day’,” he told his Five Podcast.

“If I’m Liverpool, I’d buy Sterling tomorrow.”

Liverpool return for Raheem Sterling surely out of the question

Of course, it seems foolish to rule out the possibility of any transfer these days. But surely, surely, there is no chance that the Reds make a move to re-sign Sterling.

Obviously, a lot of time has passed since he left. But there seemed to be a lot of disappointment over how he moved on from Merseyside in 2015.

He submitted a transfer request at one stage. And he was criticised by Steven Gerrard after not wanting to go on a pre-season tour with the Reds as City pursued his signature.

Ultimately, he did seal a £49 million move.

Liverpool tend to restrict how often they part with marquee sums to sign players. And given the way some fans will feel about the forward, it is hard to see the club wanting to spend big on bringing Sterling back.

His contract situation does open the door for a club to sign him for a lower fee.

But it would be stunning if Liverpool were the side to take him away from the Etihad.

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