Liverpool aren’t short of forwards with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Joto, Takumi Minamino and Harvey Elliot on their books, but Minamino has been surplus to requirements this season while Elliot is out until 2022 with a X injury, so the Reds could benefit from bolstering their attack.
This summer say Harry Wilson join Fulham, Xherdan Shaqiri join Olympique Lyonnais, Ben Woodburn join Hearts and Sheyi Ojo join Millwall, so Liverpool are short on cover. Christian Falk of SportBild (h/t Sport Witness) says Raheem Sterling could be coming in the opposite direction as a result.
The 26-year-old left Liverpool to join Manchester City in 2015 and has gone on to make 304 appearances in all competitions for the Sky Blues, scoring 115 goals with 89 assists. Sterling has won three Premier League titles, five League Cups and one FA Cup, but his future at the Etihad Stadium is uncertain.
The England international, who boasts 18 goals and 23 assists in 71 games for his country, is no longer commanding a starting place under Pep Guardiola and might be offloaded as a result. Sterling has made 12 appearances across the board this season, but he’s starting only five games from a possible 14 (35.7%).
Falk says Liverpool will have to pay in excess of €50m (£42.1m) and £15.6m-a-year/£300k-per-week wages to bring him back to Anfield, but it remains to be seen if it happens. Sterling’s return to Merseyside wouldn’t be so positively received, nor is it a guarantee that the 26-year-old wants to come back, so time will tell if progress is made.
Sterling is a fantastic forward who would improve Liverpool’s attack, but it’s hard to see him going back, especially if he’s going to be behind Salah and Mane in the pecking order.
The 26-year-old has floated the idea of going abroad if he left City, so it’s hard to see him joining another Premier League club.