Aidy Ward, the agent of Raheem Sterling, didn't hold back when discussing his client's future earlier today.
He said Sterling would want to leave Liverpool even if they offered £900,000-a-week and that he didn't "care about the PR of the club and the club situation".
Ward explained: “My job is to make sure I do the best with them (my clients). If people say I am bad at my job, or they are badly advised it does not matter.”
However Sterling's 34-year-old agent saved his strongest words for Jamie Carragher, the former Liverpool captain who retired in 2013.
“Carragher is a knob. Everybody knows it," he said. "Any of the criticism from current pundits or ex-Liverpool players - none of them things matter to me. It is not relevant.”
Carragher is among Liverpool's most respected former players having made over 700 appearances for the club and been an integral member of teams that won two FA Cups, three League Cups, the Uefa Cup and lifted the Champions League in 2005.
Publicly calling Carragher out will be seen as a shocking move - so what led Ward to do it?
Carragher has been one of the most vocal critics of Sterling's apparent desire to leave Liverpool, only on Monday expressing his views on the matter.
“For a 20-year-old kid to be taking on Liverpool Football Club over a contract. To the pit of my stomach that just winds me up, it angers me,” Carragher said on Sky’s Monday Night Football.
“The lad is from London and he obviously wants to go back home. It might not be about money. It may be about trophies or playing in the Champions League. If it’s about trophies, Liverpool had a chance for a trophy this year, in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Aston Villa. Where was Sterling? If you want trophies, they don’t get given to you, you have to earn them, you have to play well in big games. What did Liverpool do in the Champions League? Nothing. What did Sterling do? Nothing.
“To do what he’s done now. There’s nothing worse than that. You keep your mouth shut - get on with playing football.”
Who could Liverpool sign to replace Raheem Sterling?
Who could Liverpool sign to replace Raheem Sterling?
1/7 Felipe Anderson
The Lazio midfielder has enjoyed his breakthrough season in Italy this year, but that has alerted a number of clubs across Europe including Liverpool. The 22-year-old Brazilian is contracted to the Serie A club until 2020 and will therefore cost a significant amount if he were to move this summer, but it’s believed he has the potential to become one of the most dangerous attacking midfielders in the world if he continues his steep development curve.
2/7 Theo Walcott
Arsenal’s pace merchant is finding it hard to break back into the first team after recovering from the ruptured cruciate ligament that sidelined him for over a year. With doubts over his fitness, his suitability to the current Arsenal side and whether he’s a better option compared to his team-mates, rumours have linked him with a dramatic Arsenal exit. Liverpool would be one of the teams in for the England winger, who can also play in attack, and given that his speed can terrify any defence he would be a suitable option to replace Sterling.
3/7 Marco Reus
Any move for Reus appears to be hinged on firing Brendan Rodgers and hiring Jürgen Klopp, and given the noises coming out of Anfield, it’s unlikely to happen this summer. But if another transfer window goes belly-up, don’t be surprised to see Klopp at the club soon after with Reus in tow. The Germany international is a wonderfully gifted player who combines pace and skill to dazzle defences. He has struggled with a persistent ankle injury in recent months, but he would add a proven quality to the Liverpool ranks.
4/7 Divock Origi
Rodgers already knows one signing he will see arrive at Anfield in the summer as Belgium striker Divock Origi will complete the permanent move he agreed last year, having spent the season on loan with Lille. Rodgers could look to revert to the tactics he deployed last season when he had Luis Suarez to pair up with Daniel Sturridge, and although Origi is nowhere near the level Suarez was at present, the Northern Irishman will hope he has unearthed a gem when he arrives in the Premier League.
5/7 Alexandre Lacazette
The French forward is being courted by the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, but Liverpool could look to show a sign of intent by launching a bid for him before their rivals. Lacazette is equally adept at playing as a striker or out wide, and it would depend on how Rodgers would choose to deploy him to where he would feature. The France international has helped Lyon secure second in Ligue 1 and will finish the season as top goalscorers barring any heroics from Andre-Pierre Gignac, who trails by six goals.
6/7 Jeremy Menez
Menez’s brother and agent has fuelled talk of a move away from AC Milan by admitting he is likely to leave this summer, and even addressed rumours of a move to Liverpool as well as Monaco. However, at this point in time they are just rumours, and despite being able to play out wide he is more suited to an attacking role through the middle.
7/7 Ezequiel Lavezzi
The Argentine has fallen off the radar in recent months, but his future at Paris Saint-Germain remains far from certain and a move to the Premier League has always appeared on the cards. At home out wide on the wing, Lavezzi can also do a job up front, and would bring a physicality to the attack that is currently missing in Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Ibe.
Back in March, Carragher suggested Sterling's advisers had led themselves to be cast in a "bad light".
“The fans' frustration comes from his contract situation,” he said.
“The longer it continues the more frustration there will be and it paints him and his advisors in a bad light.
“We all like to maximise what we can earn in any industry but his standoff won’t help his relationship with the fans.”
In April, Carragher wrote a strongly worded column for the Daily Mail in which he outlined why Sterling had got the situation "badly wrong".
In relation to Sterling hinting at a possible move to Arsenal, Carragher wrote: "First, he was desperately naive to say such a thing on the eve of such a crucial game. He is also naive, as are his advisers, if he thinks Arsenal would guarantee him a regular place every week. What Sterling’s camp are struggling to see is that Liverpool is the best place for him. Forget money for a minute."
In relation to Sterling giving an interview to the BBC, Carragher said: "This, more than anything, is my biggest problem with Sterling and his agent. For a 20-year-old and his agent to be taking on Liverpool FC in the public domain is a disgrace. I have no issue about players maximising their earning potential but the agenda that is being driven from Sterling’s camp is beyond a joke."
Ward and Sterling are expected to meet with Liverpool officials tomorrow to outline their position.
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