Thompson told Sky Sports that Sterling is ready to leave Liverpool and doesn’t see his future as a striker.
“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.
“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.”
Sterling has had a frustrating season filled with controversy surrounding his status as a Liverpool player after turning down a new contract.Embed from Getty Images
The 20-year-old England international has scored seven goals in 34 Premier League appearances and it is clear he has the potential to go all the way to the top.
Thompson feels wherever Sterling ends up playing next season he is best suited as a wide man and not as a striker.
“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.”
Sterling has been tipped to leave Liverpool since he turned down their contract offer believed to be around £100,000-a-week and it will be difficult to see the Englishman wanting a move to anywhere but a Champions League club.
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