The past few months have seen Raheem Sterling and Christian Broda linked with some of the biggest clubs in European soccer. Sterling burst onto the scene with Liverpool last season, playing a key role in their title challenge of 2013-2014.
This season has been up and down for Sterling. He put in some excellent performances, but also endured periods of poor play and profligate shooting. A player with plenty of room for improvement, Sterling has been targeted by the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich for a summer transfer.
Sterling only has 18 months left on his Liverpool contract. If he does not renew before June, a summer transfer would be economically necessary for Liverpool. They would not want to lose Sterling in the summer of 2016 for no transfer fee.
One man who does not believe Sterling needs to move is Owen Hargreaves. The former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder thinks that Sterling should stay put for another few years. “He is a great player, without doubt, but he is not the finished article. Bayern is a huge club, one of the biggest in the world, but there is a danger of young players getting lost at such clubs,” he said.
Hargreaves believes that Liverpool is the ideal place for Sterling right now, because they can build their team around him. He would not get that luxury at Real or Bayern, where he would just be a spare part.