Luxurious Raheem isn't every player. They should've taken care of him from jump & there most likely wouldn't be this impasse that exists now.
With apologies to @TomDiginson
, the club isn't going to attract another winger of his caliber so why not take care of the one they have now?
The UK press & the guys on espn fc seem to be blame Rodgers for the transfer business, but from what I understand the transfer committee the club put in place has the final word on footballing matters. Rodgers can provide his input but doesn't have the final say.
Atleti are doing it the right way, granted Griezmann has performed far better & more consistently than Raheem but the Frenchman is on a far better team too which makes his job a little easier than Raheem's.
The club have put themselves between a rock & a hard place now because I think
Raheem has realized the club won't be able to compete on the level he'd like to while making the kind of money he'd like to make.