Date: 1st June 2021 at 10:35am
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Liverpool journalist Kai Delaney has been sharing his thoughts on the possibility of the Merseyside making a move to sign Manchester City and former Reds winger Raheem Sterling during the upcoming summer transfer window.

This comes after Delaney made an appearance on a recent episode of the Liverpool Echo’s Blood Red Podcast.

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After it was recently reported that Pep Guardiola’s side could potentially look to sell Sterling this summer, Delaney had this to say on the possibility of Liverpool signing him. (8.01)

He said: “Liverpool, in my opinion, do have to find one more forward, someone may be of the [Diogo] Jota calibre that we saw last season that could come in for £30m, £40m, and be someone that can put pressure on that front three, as Jota has done.

“So, in that sense, it does tick a lot of boxes, and it would make sense on the face of it, but for me, I just think that there’s too much baggage, too much there and I don’t think the Liverpool would be able to kind of get past the way he left the club and I don’t think City would like to weaken themselves to strengthen who are probably their most serious contenders for the Premier League next season.”

During his time with the Reds, Sterling made a total of 129 appearances across all competitions in which he managed to score 23 goals and provide 25 assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).

TIF Thoughts on Kai Delaney’s comments on a potential Liverpool return for Sterling…

Sterling moved to City in the 2015 summer transfer window for a fee of £57.33 million. Since then, the 26-year-old, who is currently valued at £81 million has scored 114 goals in 292 appearances, winning three Premier League titles, five League Cups, and one in the process.

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Taking into account the number of attacking players that Liverpool already have in their squad as well as the rather tumultuous way in which he left Anfield in the first place, it makes it unlikely, in our view, that the club would want to welcome the Englishman back anytime soon.

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