Ahem! txj, stop clutching at straws. I'm not lecturing anyone about players. I have stated many a time I did not support or like Sterling behaviour towards Liverpool and its fans. I have also condemned the player and his Agent for their tactics. No football person condoned the actions of Sterling and his Agent.txj wrote:If you are long enough on CE u will see folks reinvent themselves many times over.Waffiman wrote:Really disappointed to read all this stuff but I understand. Fans are pained and angry with him but they vent their spleen on the wrong person. Liverpool made their mistakes in this saga and lost a highly promising young player. It is not Sterling fault someone has paid 49m for him. Why have a go at him for what he cannot control.Prince wrote:The boy would do well, the guy is on his way to be the greatest UK player ever, thats not saying much but it would put all the haters to shame
On the player's part. You guys just do not understand. Sterling was born in one of the worst ghettos in Jamaica, his father was shot dead (murdered) when he was 4 years old, his mum had enough and left to England when he was 5 years old.
Presented with football as an opportunity to better his family, the boy has taken every chance given to him. The City chance has made him financially, now we will see the kid deliver on the pitch. He has shown he is a tough cookie throughout this saga and he will show everyone how goo he is going to be at City. My regret is we did not sign him. But where will we put him even if we could compete with City.
Imagine Waffiman lecturing people about players. The same guy who admitted he would throw bananas at Adebayor...
However my point still stands, Liverpool were no saints in the whole saga, they made mistakes. I know as an Arsenal fan who saw the club lose its best players season after season the frustration and disappointment can reflect itself as anger. Yes! Many of us are enjoying it all just like many (including you txj) of you Liverpool fans goaded and taunted Arsenal fans when we went through the same.
I am just saying it like it is and I know youLiverpool fans do not like it but I understand, the fact that I am telling some bitter home truths dos not mean I support the player, far from it, I actually condemn his tactics and actions in getting his move. I'm afraid, I am still going to keep banging in bitter home truths no matter how painful it reads.
Liverpool got the money they wanted but we all know, it is not what you get, it is how you spend it. Arsenal fans with any ounce of intelligence and sense are so grateful for Wenger, how he kept Arsenal in the top 4 when he sold all his best players is nothing short of amazing. But Liverpool have dropped out of the top 4 because they have failed to spend wisely, just look at how they spent the Suarez money. Maybe, the players will come good this season but I doubt it. Moreover, they continue to make mistakes, the way they handled the Sterling contract saga is a clear manifestation of this.
The 1st mistake was missing the trick with regards to the timing of offering the player contract. They should have offered Sterling a contract when they were on that run which saw them come agonisingly close to winning the league. They offered Sturridge a contract but not Sterling, why? The layer himself has said he would have signed a contract if he was offered the contract then.
The next being the Manager coming out and speaking about the contract the way he did. He made the position of the contractual negotiations public and the main negative effect was the anger towards Raheem for refusing to sign the contract. Ex-Liverpool players especially and fans went to town on the player as they felt hurt by Sterling actions. It was like Sterling had no right to refuse Liverpool and who was he to do so? Sadly this was the tone set by the Manager's interview and the player was effectively being bullied.
The player responded with his interview, when it was better he kept quiet. The player's Agent gave more inflammatory interviews and the Liverpool ex-players went into over drive. Meanwhile, both sides were leaking all sorts of information in what became a pathetic propaganda war. The whole thing had spiral out of control.
The patronising of Sterling by Rodgers and Liverpool supporters by telling him where is best for him to develop his career. It was like Sterling had no say because he must stay at Liverpool or else his development will stop and his career is doomed. The idea that only Liverpool can continue to improve the player as if there are no other clubs that can also coach and develop players was just too ridiculous for words. When I heard Liverpool people recite this mantra, I just could not get where they got off. The choice of Sterling's career is not theirs to make, it is for the player to decide, but it was like he had no say. Sterling is more than talented to go to any club and succeed, they only thing that will defeat him is if the club he joins does not play a system that maximises his talents. But at 20, Sterling still has another chance to go to another club for far less money if it does not work out at City, so the player had nothing to lose by joining City and that is what matters.
There was also what I saw as the hypocritical attitude of the Liverpool supporters. Those condemning and castigating Sterling whilst forgetting this time last year a player who wanted to join them called Lovren did exactly what Sterling was now doing. How many of these Liverpool supporter or ex-players saw the actions of Lovren as abhorrent to Southampton? But they are quick to condemn Sterling. Another point of hypocrisy was Milner, like Sterling he refused to sign the contract City offered him. We know Liverpool approached the player long before his contract with City expired, we know City were not happy with Liverpool's actions. Indeed, when you listen to radio phone ins here in England, City supporters kept on bringing up this point about how Liverpool tapped up Milner and were instrumental in him refusing to sign the contract City offered him. So why are Liverpool complaining when they are now being bitten by the game they played. We Arsenal fans are fully aware that Liverpool approached and offered Theo Walcott a contract before he re-signed for Arsenal. So it is hypocritical for Liverpool to complain when their club has done exactly the same thing.
There is also this arrogance of Liverpool supporters which in the current circumstances is grossly misplaced. Putting the money aspect aside and I must stress that for Sterling this is all about money and nothing else. Liverpool supporters do not seem to have gotten with the program, they are still deluded thinking they belong at the upper table of English football when the reality says this is far from being the case.
Liverpool cannot offer CL football and they cannot offer silly money like ManU did last season to regain a top 4 spot, so they cannot shop at the top tier for talent, they also cannot keep their best players should they wish to leave for reasons stated above and of course, the fact that they are also not winning silverware is another huge hindrance. So why are Liverpool supporters so bereft of reality? Notwithstanding Serling's actions which I condemn, why should they expect Sterling to sign the contract they offered him? At least we Arsenal fans always felt hard done by when we were losing our best players because we were in the CL and have under Wenger been up there are a top team in England, what we did not have was the money and silverware, but we were competing with the best in Europe.
Liverpool supporters must come to terms with what many Arsenal fans did. Your history, reputation means nothing to Agents and the modern day footballer, what counts is money, money, money. Lots and lots of money, money, money. When you also cannot offer CL football and have not won silverware in recent seasons, then you have little or no chance in keeping your best players. Expecting Raheem to ignore the Sterling being offered by City, when as a club you have none of the key attributes the modern player considers as paramount, was grandiose delusion perpetrated by Rodgers, Liverpool ex-players and fans.