Sources are claiming that Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is keen to get Raheem Sterling out on loan but has a specific club in mind – Championship side Blackpool.
Dalglish was apparently very happy with Raheem Sterling to move on loan to Blackpool the way that youngster Jonjo Shelvey was treated and progressed at the Championship club during his loan spell there earlier this season and is hopeful of turning to manager Ian Holloway once again. Shelvey was a big hit with the Seasiders, netting six goals in 10 appearances before having to be recalled to Anfield due to a knee injury suffered by Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Lucas. Holloway had hoped to make a play for the midfielder again in January but that has been ruled out by Dalglish, who looks set to offer Sterling instead.
The 17-year-old is apparently ready to make the transition from the reserves into the first-team environment of a Championship side in order to further his education.
Dalglish has high hopes for the youngster and would prefer him to enter the rather family-like environment at Blackpool to improve rather than be thrust into a high pressure situation at promotion-chasing West Ham, who also have been linked with a move for the player.
Sterling, who was signed from the QPR youth set up by Liverpool, first showcased his talents when he scored five of Liverpool’s goals in a 9-0 FA Youth Cup match against Southend. He has the perfect mix of quick feet and an eye for goal, and has been earmarked as a potential England international of the future.
Sterling has yet to feature for the first-team but he was part of the squad travelled to Sparta Prague for a Europa League game last season. He would surely light up the Championship if given the chance.