Liverpool boss denies Sterling loan speculation

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has dismissed speculation that winger Raheem Sterling could leave the club on loan.

Metro claimed yesterday that the Reds had offered the talented youngster to a number of second-tier clubs, despite his 23 appearances and senior England cap this term.

Sterling has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield in recent months, despite penning a new contract in December.

However, Rodgers dismissed the speculation during a press conference ahead of this weekend’s clash against Southampton, insisting the 18-year-old will stay on Merseyside for the remainder of the season.

“Raheem Sterling is not available for loan,” he told journalists at the club's Melwood training ground.

Sterling signed for Liverpool in 2010, joining the club’s academy in a high-profile move from Queen’s Park Rangers.

His debut followed two-years later, with the winger making three substitute appearances in the Premier League at the end of the 2011/12 campaign.

The arrival of Rodgers in the summer led to a rapid rise in first-term importance, and despite less frequent involvement in recent months, Sterling will remain with the first-team squad for the rest of the season.

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