Now that Mancheser City have made their listen we're totally serious this is our last bid for real offer for Raheem Sterling and had it turned down, it looks as though Liverpool truly are content to wait and see if anyone's willing to match their valuation of the player. It's a steep price to pay for a player of undeniable ability, but with City in need of homegrown talent and cost no option, most assume that a deal will go through at some point.
That leaves Liverpool in need of at least one more option in the forward areas, as Sterling was a nailed-on starter for Brendan Rodgers' side in each of the last two seasons. Having made his breakthrough for good in December of 2013, Sterling was an ever-present in a variety of roles, and it was clear that Rodgers trusted the promising, versatile young forward.
Replacing him shouldn't be as big of a task as the club has faced in making up for the loss of Luis Suarez, but Sterling's absence will still be felt. Links for the likes of Roberto Firmino and Heung-min Son are promising, and there's been a regular rotation of others names entering the picture, including Real Madrid winger and former Villareal loanee Denis Cheryshev.
The wide forward was linked with a move to Merseyside earlier this month, with Liverpool supposedly interested in his services and willing to pay the £14m it would take to bring on aboard from Madrid. After a relatively mixed season on loan, that's a significant sum, and with Firmino and Son reportedly available for around £5m or less, Cheryshev doesn't represent anything close to the type of value those players would represent.
That he's linked doesn't seem to have much bearing on whether or not he'll end up in Red at any point this summer, and hopefully sights are firmly set on players whose impact coming in will be undoubted rather than laced with uncertainty. That's the type of player Liverpool were banking on Raheem Sterling becoming, and that's the type of player they're going to need in order to rebound from a disappointing season.