Raheem Sterling should 'be embarrassed' when he walks into training and 'keep his mouth shut' - Jamie Carragher slams Liverpool forward

Liverpool legend slams Sterling for wanting to leave the club

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has told Raheem Sterling that he should "be embarrassed" when he next walks into training after telling the club he wants to leave this summer.

Liverpool have told the young forward that there is no prospect of him being sold, but with Sterling not prepared to sign a contract extension, Brendan Rodgers and the club's hierarchy must decide whether to cash in now or risk losing him on a cut-price deal next year.

But former Reds captain Jamie Carragher has told Sterling to get rid of his agent Aidy Ward and "keep his mouth shut".

“Raheem Sterling is a great kid. He’s not some flash young kid. He’s not loud, he’s not in people’s faces. He loves his football," Carragher said on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football.

“He needs to change his agent. That’s the one thing he needs to change. For a 20-year-old kid to be taking on Liverpool Football Club, there's nothing worse.

“Raheem Sterling will obviously move on at some stage. Brendan Rodgers has said he won’t be leaving this summer but it looks like me that he’s trying to force the club’s hand.”

Sterling still has two years to run on his contract at Anfield but recently turned down a new deal worth £100,000-a-week. He also gave an interview to the BBC where he denied being a “money grabber” and insisted he was motivated more by winning trophies.

Carragher admitted that whilst it may not be about money, Sterling has the chance to win trophies if he stays at Anfield.

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Brendan Rodgers has to consider whether to cash in now or risk losing Sterling for free next year

“It might not be about money, it could be about winning trophies or reaching the Champions League. If it’s about trophies Liverpool were close to last year, and had a chance this year,” added Carragher.

“He says it’s not about money, that maybe he wants to move back down to London and compete for trophies.

“Last season at Liverpool he was fantastic. Liverpool had a chance at a trophy this season. Where was Raheem Sterling?

“If you want trophies and big money they won’t be given to you, you have to earn them.

“What did Liverpool win this year? Nothing.”

Carragher, who played 737 matches for Liverpool, also questioned Sterling's performances in the biggest matches.

“You’ve got to play well in big games. The semi-final against Aston Villa was the worst game I’ve seen in a big game from a Liverpool team. You want to win trophies – the semi-final is the biggest game in the season for Liverpool and Raheem Sterling did nothing.

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Jamie Carragher while working as a pundit this season

“If you want to win trophies you have to perform at the highest level. If you want to win trophies you have to deliver in the big games and he hasn’t done that yet. Keep your mouth shut and get on with playing football. He’ll move on in years to come but how will he be thought of for the rest of his career?

“You've got to think about how you will be thought of, as well as just your ability. And it's about time his agent stopped leaking stories, never mind the football club leaking stories.”

Carragher added: “He doesn't need to move clubs in my opinion. For his football development, he needs to stay at Liverpool. He plays every week.

“I’d be embarrassed to walk into training tomorrow and show my face to everyone; even the lady on the reception.”

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