Raheem Sterling has once again been linked with seeking a surprise return to Liverpool from Manchester City.
Sterling prompted intrigue last week when he admitted he still felt “love” for his former club, who he left acrimoniously in 2015 for the Etihad.
And now, in an interview with French news outlet L’Equipe, an apparent representative of the player has hinted further at a potential desire for a move back to Anfield.
“Even if Raheem is attached to Manchester City, he hasn’t forgotten Liverpool, because that’s where he became who he is as a man and as a player,” the representative is quoted as saying.
“Of course, there was controversy surrounding his exit, but since then, time has run its course and everything is possible.”
Sterling upset many Liverpool supporters with the manner of his departure to City almost five years ago, not least an interview with the BBC when he announced he would refuse to discuss a new deal at the club.
The England international has since been routinely jeered by Reds fans when appearing at Anfield with City.
Despite that, Sterling was appreciative of Liverpool when, during a live Instagram Q&A, he was asked if he would consider rejoining the club.
“To be honest with you, I love Liverpool,” he said. “Don’t get it twisted, they are always in my heart. It’s a team that done a lot for me growing up so…”
The L’Equipe report also claims Liverpool will assess the feasibility of a move for Sterling once Jurgen Klopp knows his transfer budget for the summer.
However, it is understood Sterling is not among the potential targets for the Reds at present.