Raheem Sterling has found himself dropping down the pecking order at Manchester City in recent months.
Football is full of ups and downs. It has its pitfalls, and it is natural. Players have their moments in the sun, and there are times when they are down and need to pull themselves up.
It is not uncommon to see these players in their moment of poor performance defended by pundits, coaches, players and fans alike.
Rio Ferdinand is one former player and pundit who is not shy to say his mind. He was at the forefront of ex-Manchester United players that formed a defence for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite the glaring failure of the Norwegian to win a trophy at Old Trafford.
The one time most expensive defender in the English game is back in the news advocating for Raheem Sterling, who is going through a torrid time at Manchester City. He is also currently being linked with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona.
Ferdinand advocates for Sterling’s return to Liverpool
It is not the best of times for Raheem Sterling at Manchester City as he has seen himself drop down the pecking order at City. The position of the English forward was made clear when he was used as a makeweight in the club’s pursuit of Harry Kane.
Ferdinand wants Liverpool to re-sign their former player. Ferdinand believes that Sterling has plenty to offer and would be a good fit for his former club Liverpool.
Speaking on his Vibe with Five show, Ferdinand believes Sterling is still top value, only suffering from loss of confidence. According to him, it stems from being taken out of the team.
Ferdinand opines that despite Pep’s past correct decisions, he got it wrong and that there must be clubs waiting on the sidelines to see how it pans out. The whole scenario is befuddling to Ferdinand.
Ferdinand has gone on to ask Liverpool to make a move for their former player.
Down the pecking order
Sterling joined Manchester City from Liverpool for £57 million in 2015. He was a constant feature for the club up until recently that things changed for him.
The 26-year-old has found himself going down the pecking order and rarely. Ahead of Sterling are Phil Foden, who was in phenomenal form last season as City went all the way to the UEFA Champions League final. The arrival of Jack Grealish this summer for £100 million has compounded Sterling’s woes.
While he struggles to regain his place in theng lineup, his form has also taken a hit. Guardiola, however, praised the forward’s performance in their 0-0 draw with Southampton, where he saw his goal disallowed by VAR.
Barcelona looked to sign the English forward last summer. According to Sport, Barcelonactor of football Mateu Alemany tried to negotiate a swap or loan deal, but it fell through.