Liverpool great Phil Thompson believes Chelsea target Raheem Sterling will leave the club this summer.
The 20-year old forward has been linked with a possible Anfield exit in recent months and Thompson suggests the side’s failure to qualify for the Champions League could see him off at the end of the season.
“I think it will be very difficult for him to stay at Liverpool now. He’s shown all the signs that he’s ready and prepared to leave the club,” he said on Sky Sports.
“But if he was to stay I would like to think his role will be on the flanks – I don’t think Liverpool can even contemplate him being their main striker next season, because he’s not a natural goalscorer.
“Liverpool need somebody who’s going to get you at least 15 league goals and maybe 25 overall – Raheem Sterling is not going to get you that.
“He’s done well for the team – he’s helped them out up front this season, but I think everyone can see that he’s not quite strong enough for it.
“So, no matter where he is next season, I think his best role is out wide rather than through the middle.”