Raheem Sterling has finally paid the price for Liverpool exit

Chelsea new boy Raheem Sterling reportedly wanted to re-join Liverpool this summer, seven years on from his unceremonious exit to Manchester City

‘Never go back’ as the old saying goes. Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku found this out the hard way last season as their second stints with Manchester United and Chelsea respectively didn’t quite live up to expectations. Yet it appears, according to the latest reports, that Raheem Sterling did not get the memo.

The England international left Manchester City after seven years at the Etihad earlier this month, moving to Chelsea in a £47.5m transfer. Yet despite his unceremonious exit from Anfield back in 2015, the gossip columns have continued to make Liverpool part of the conversation regarding an unlikely swoop for their former winger.

It was initially suggested by the Mirror that the Reds had been interested in re-signing Sterling, only for him to opt for a move to Stamford Bridge instead. The Athletic then reported that it was the winger who was open to a Liverpool return, only for such a switch to never materialise ahead of him putting pen to paper at Chelsea.

And now Jacque Talbot has claimed, when speaking to GiveMeSport , that the 27-year-old indeed wanted to rejoin Jurgen Klopp’s side only to be rejected by the Reds.

Such a stance should not be a surprise considering, when revamping their attack in 2022, Liverpool brought in 25-year-old Luis Diaz, 23-year-old Darwin Nunez and 19-year-old Fabio Carvalho, while also tying down Mohamed Salah to a new three-year contract.

Sticking to their ‘retain and refresh’ strategy, Reds bosses have always looked forward rather than back when it comes to the future of Klopp’s side.

That’s why there has never been any interest in re-signing the likes of Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho or Gini Wijnaldum when they became available, despite reported desires for an Anfield return. Sterling would be no different

When links to the winger first emerged earlier this summer, they were quickly dismissed as total nonsense by Anfield bosses.

“Where would he play?” was the retort from one club source. Considering the arrivals of Diaz, Nunez and Carvalho to complement Salah, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, and the fact Liverpool would have planned such an attacking revamp months in advance, his simple point was made

As a result, it would appear any notion of a fanciful Sterling return to Anfield did not materialise from inside the Reds camp. If from the winger, it does seem a little naive.

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