Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers expects Raheem Sterling deal in 24 hours
Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers believes Raheem Sterling will sign a new deal at the club within the next 24 hours
Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling will agree a new contract within the next 24 hours.
The 18-year-old has impressed for the Reds this season, with the England international managing to hold down a regular starting spot in Rodgers’ first team.
Liverpool have been keen to secure the winger, who has netted one goal in 16 Premier League appearances this term, on a long-term deal.
It was reported Sterling’s wage demands were proving a stumbling block, but the Reds manager insisted there were “no issues” between the player and the club and expects the deal to be concluded imminently.
“Hopefully that will be concluded within the next 24 hours,” said Rodgers.
“I have said before that there was never a real issue, it was just a matter of timing and we hope that over the next couple of days that can be complete.
“We were always calm. I speak a lot with Raheem and his representatives and there has never been any issues from their side. It was just making sure that we take care in terms of the financial and football plan for the player.
“This was about a young player who has rocketed form playing in the youth teams and the reserves into becoming a full England international, so a lot has happened in his young life and it was just about making sure that there was that protectiion for him going forward.
“I have always been confident that this was going to be the best place for him. The kid is very focused and devoted to Liverpool. His representatives know this is the best place for him.
“Once it gets concluded, he can start to the next part of his development and hopefully he can keep progressing.”