Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling relieved to pen new long-term contract
Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling admits it is "a relief" to finally put pen to paper on a new long-term deal at the Merseyside outfit
Raheem Sterling said it was a “relief” to finally put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at Liverpool on Friday.
The 18-year-old has been one of the main positives in a difficult season for the Reds as Brendan Rodgers started the rebuilding process at Anfield.
Sterling, who joined Liverpool’s academy from Queens Park Rangers in 2010, has scored once in 16 Premier League appearances for the Merseyside outfit.
With reports the winger’s wage demands were proving a stumbling block to negotiations, Sterling insists there was never any doubt he would commit to the club.
“It’s a relief really,” Sterling told Liverpool’s website.
“I’m really happy to sign for such a big club. Just to get it over and done with is great.”
He added: “It’s so frustrating that everyone, especially on Twitter, thinks you are not going to sign when you know deep down that you are going to sign sooner or later.
“So it was just really good to get it over and done with. I’m happy with that.”
Sterling was quick to pay tribute to Rodgers, who has placed his faith in the teenager this season, resulting in a first England appearance for the Jamaican-born forward.
“I can’t say much more about the guy than what has already been said – he’s a brilliant manager,” Sterling said.
“The way he speaks to both young and senior players, you have to really compliment him for that. He just treats everyone as one and that’s really good to have at a football club.”