The Reds winger has reportedly turned down an £180,000-a-week contract offer from the Merseyside club amid reports Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester City are interested in the England international.
I think he’s doing them a disservice by saying he wants to leave because Liverpool are on the up
However, former Republic of Ireland midfielder McAteer, who made 100 appearances for Liverpool between 1995 and 1999, claimed that the 20-year-old is being misled by certain people in the Liverpool star’s life.
“It’s stop-start on these contract negotiations. It’s a little bit messy. It looks like [Raheem Sterling] is holding out for something,” McAteer told talkSPORT.
“You know how the football world works, someone will be in his ear telling him this and that. I think he’s just got to knuckle down and let his performances do the talking.
“I just think he’s being misguided somewhere along the line. The club and Brendan [Rodgers] will be telling him all the right things. Brendan is a good young coach with great ideas who has worked with youngsters before. He’s a good man manager as well and Liverpool is a massive club.
“I think he’s doing them a disservice by saying he wants to leave because Liverpool are on the up.”
Sterling has been one of Liverpool’s standout performers this season after scoring six goals and making seven assists in 27 Premier League appearances this season.
The Reds forward has scored 16 goals in 81 top-flight games under manager Brendan Rodgers after the Northern Irishman blooded Sterling in his staring XI.
The Kingston-born forward has already amassed 14 England caps after Sterling was part of Roy Hodgson’s squad at last summer’s World Cup.
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