Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher slams Raheem Sterling for his latest interview. Carragher has labelled Sterling and his agent as “a disgrace” and “desperately naive” for going public.
“They [Sterling and his advisers] couldn’t have got that more wrong,” Carragher wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“Jordan Henderson, don’t forget, is in a similar contractual position, but the differences between their situations is enormous. Jordan has played as well, if not better, than at any time in his career this season.
“He will be out of contract in 12 months’ time but, as negotiations continue, you are not hearing anyone calling him a money-grabber. Why? Because he and his agent aren’t using the media to engineer a move or put pressure on Liverpool to improve his contract.
“This, more than anything, is my biggest problem with Sterling and his agent. For a 20-year-old and his agent to be taking on Liverpool FC in the public domain is a disgrace.
“I have no issue about players maximising their earning potential, but the agenda that is being driven from Sterling’s camp is beyond a joke.
“The only way any good could have come from the BBC interview was if Sterling had said he was going to sign a new deal.
“Anything else, as he has discovered, was always going to create a massive problem. They cancelled talks with the club, but not with the media. If you don’t want people talking about an issue, don’t talk about it yourself.”
Raheem Sterling has been facing a lot of criticism lately for not extending his current contract with Liverpool, despite being offered an “incredible deal” as described by Brendan Rodgers. In a recent interview with BBC, Sterling says he doesn’t want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old and he won’t sign a contract until the end of the season.
“It’s not about the money at all,” the England international said.
“It’s never been about money. I talk about winning trophies throughout my career. That’s all I talk about. I don’t talk about how many cars I’m going to drive, how many houses I’ve got. I just purely want to be the best I can be.
“I don’t want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old. I just want to be seen as a kid who loves to play football and to do the best for the team.”