Liverpool are ready to offer Raheem Sterling a huge new contract in an attempt to secure his long-term future, reports The Daily Mirror.
The 19-year-old has come on leaps and bounds under Brendan Rodgers, with the Liverpool manager even comparing him to Lionel Messi. His form has been enough to attract interest from Real Madrid.
Huge pay rise
Sterling's current contract still has three-years to run on it but following his rapid development, Rodgers is keen to make sure the England international's future is at Anfield and is ready to quadruple his £30,000-a-week wages to make sure it happens.
His current contract was only signed 18 months ago, but since then the player has enhanced his reputation exponentially. Not only has he impressed in the Premier League, but was one of few positives to emerge from England's disastrous World Cup campaign.
The same report describes the potential new contract as a 'mega-deal' and believe it could keep Sterling on Merseyside for the rest of the decade. There is hope that the new deal will also ward of interest from the La Liga giants.
New role at Anfield?
There has been a lot of speculation that Sterling could be invited to play in an advanced central role for Liverpool this season, similar to the role he took on for England against Italy in Brazil.
Following the departure of Luis Suarez, Rodgers looks set to put his faith in Daniel Sturridge and Sterling to make up for his loss. As of yet, Rodgers has chosen against signing a big name striker with the £75 million he received from Barcelona.
Rodgers is obviously a massive fan of Sterling and the report states that Liverpool have been just as impressed with his attitude off the field than they have on it. The Liverpool manager took his praise to another level by comparing the player to Lionel Messi.
Quoted in the same report, he said: “This kid is only going to get better. He’s way above the level from when he first came in. Tactically, technically, and what has been beautiful to watch with Raheem has been his maturity.
“He’s turning into a beautiful young man, with all the responsibility. He’s still only 19, but in big games he’s performed and he’s a wonderful talent.”
"When you look at that goal he scored against Manchester City in New York – and the finish – how many times have we seen Messi produce a touch like that?
“Taking it through bodies when it’s so tight in the box? Raheem’s feet were so soft and his finish was great.
“The great thing with watching him now is that he gets you off your seat. When he gets the ball you think ‘Something could happen here’.