The Reds winger has quickly established himself as one of the Premier League‘s most dangerous players and Liverpool have slapped a £50 million price tag on his head to try and prevent a move away from the club this summer as contract discussions have not proved successful as of yet.
Speaking ahead of Villa’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Liverpool on Sunday, Sherwood claimed he tried to bring Sterling to Spurs when he was just 14.Embed from Getty Images
“I’ve known about him since he was a young boy and thought he was the type of talent which doesn’t fall off the trees very often,” he is quoted as saying by the Telegraph.
“I remember him playing for Brent District and he was a street footballer. They are a dying breed now because society does not allow these kids to go out and play. He’s a great talent and someone we have to watch and show a lot of respect to.”
The England international is in high demand as Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid have all been linked with a move for the young star, but Liverpool are desperate to retain his services.
If Sherwood is to be believed, Spurs could have had Sterling rising through their ranks alongside Harry Kane, and the English pair could have formed quite a partnership if they were in the same side.
Sterling has scored seven goals with eight assists in 30 Premier League appearances this season and continues to improve as a player with each game under Brendan Rodgers.
Should Tottenham have listened to Tim Sherwood and signed Raheem Sterling as a 14 year old?