Liverpool legend and former Manchester City striker Robbie Fowler has stated his belief that, despite Liverpool's support largely turning against Raheem Sterling, there is a way for him to remain at Anfield.
He said: "I still think there is time to back away from this. These things seem to get a momentum and you think you have no options, but if he were to take a step back and find a way of staying at Liverpool, I think the fans would embrace that."
City won't be panicked by Liverpool's stance and may have found an unlikely ally in Chelsea captain John Terry in making the case for Sterling (pictured) to leave Liverpool.
He describes the player as an 'exceptional' talent and says he understands Sterling's desire to play in the Champions League - something which, next season, City can offer him and Liverpool cannot.
The former England captain said: "Raheem has taken a bit of stick recently, but I was really impressed by him.
"I didn't realise how good he was until I played against him three or four times.
"He's an exceptional player. At times he's been unfairly treated this year with the press he's got.
"He's a young player and wants to play at the very top for the very best.
"He's got ambitions to play in the Champions League and continue playing for his country."
City fans largely remain unconvinced by Liverpool's valuation - one which would make him the most expensive Englishman ever.
Meanwhile, Kevin de Bruyne will listen to a new offer from his club Wolfsburg before considering a move to City. The player's agent said the Belgium international owes the Bundesliga club for showing faith in him when his two-year stay at Chelsea ended disappointingly.
But de Bruyne is still expected to move, with City poised to make a big-money offer for him.
The attacking midfielder, named the best player in the Bundesliga last season, has been cagey about his future - last week he refuted his agent's suggestion that he would stay at Wolfsburg.