Raheem Sterling has been urged to sign a new deal at Liverpool by captain Steven Gerrard.
The 20-year-old’s contract runs until 2017 but negotiations over a contract extension have been have been ongoing since October with no conclusion on the horizon.
Sterling, who is looking to take up a more central attacking role, has been attracting the attention of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. He ended a run of 17 games without a goal with a brace against Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.
Well suited for the club
Gerrard believes that Sterling is at the best club possible: “I hope he signs a new contract at the club because I think this club is perfect for him, certainly for the next few years.
“He’s going to play most weeks, fans love him here. He can progress here and become a top, top player here so I hope the people around him give him the right advice because he should stay here.”
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The winger has reportedly rejected a £70,000 per week offer and is looking for a better deal having seen himself become a key player in the side.
Since the departure of Luis Suarez in the summer and injuries to Daniel Sturridge coupled with the poor form of Mario Balotelli, Sterling has become the Reds’ main attacking threat with five goals and five assists, more than any other Liverpool player.
Gerrard praised Sterling’s recent form and compared him to other former Liverpool stars: “He’s great to watch, great to play with, he’s got that pace. When you look up he’s always giving you an option and that’s what I’ve thrived on throughout my career at Liverpool with the likes of Fernando Torres, Michael Owen.”
Sterling has played all across midfield and in centre forward so far this season but he was unable to find the back of the net at Old Trafford on Sunday in Liverpool’s 3-0 loss to Manchester United.
Arsenal are visiting Anfield this weekend and Gerrard hopes that this is the time for Liverpool to turn their season around: “This is where you find out what kind of players you’ve got in the dressing room. It’s time to roll your sleeves up and fight for the club and try to put it right as soon as possible and that’s what we’re trying to do.”