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FSG set to “play hardball” over Sterling and investigate Liverpool failings

A summer of uncertainty faces Liverpool with Fenway Sports Group set to launch an investigation into the failings of 2014/15.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, April 13, 2015: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and manager Brendan Rodgers before the Premier League match against Newcastle United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The reliable Andy Hunter of The Guardian says the American owners will “conduct a thorough investigation” over the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.

That will include discuss the findings of Brendan Rodgers, who will be scrutinised for a very underwhelming and unsatisfactory campaign.

Several other Liverpool correspondents report similarly, with almost word-for-word articles surrounding FSG’s forthcoming investigation across Wednesday morning’s back pages.

Furthermore, Hunter suggests FSG will hold off attempts from Raheem Sterling to force his way out of Anfield this summer, even if that means going into the last two years of his Liverpool contract.

Hunter writes:

Sterling is under contract at Liverpool until 2017 and the club’s owners are prepared to retain the player on his existing terms until next summer – costing him more than £3m in lost wages given his rejection of a £100,000-a-week contract – should the impasse continue. It would take a vastly inflated offer to test FSG’s resolve.

Sterling was booed by some supporters as he picked up his award for Young Player of the Year at the Liverpool FC Players’ Awards 2015 at the ECHO arena on Tuesday night.

He and his agent, Aidy Ward, are expected to meet with Rodgers and chief executive Ian Ayre on Friday with contract negotiations now having rumbled on since the start of the year.

From Hunters’ report it would seem FSG are ready to take a strong approach to making decisions from the setbacks of 2014/15. Whilst taking into account the sale of Luis Suarez last summer and long-term injury problems to Daniel Sturridge, the owners will want answers as to where last summer’s £117 million spending spree has been justified.

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