Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is adamant that prized asset Raheem Sterling will sign a contract extension to keep him at Anfield.
However, the Northern Irish manager is warning that the club will not be held to ransom. The Reds boss told the Express that the 20-year-old has been made an "incredible" offer on a new deal, which has been sat on the table for over a month.
"The club has offered an incredible deal for a young player and I have spoken to Raheem a number of times and he is very happy here and I think you see that in his game," said Rodgers.
"The club has offered an incredible deal for a young player and I have spoken to Raheem a number of times and he is very happy here and I think you see that in his game"
"What he has been granted here is an opportunity - we see it with lots of young players - and they get rewarded for that but we are certainly not a club who are going to give out way, way above what a player is worth at a certain time in a career.
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"It is not a case of giving any player, I'm not talking about Raheem here I'm talking in general, what they want.
"We want to reward our best talents as they are a big part of our future and we are confident that will all be in hand and sorted very soon."
Rodgers has become somewhat of a role model to Sterling, guiding him from legal troubles to one of the first names on the team sheet for club and country.
Sky Sports illustrated on Twitter just how instrumental Sterling has been for Liverpool this season. He tops the bill for his club regarding goals, games played, shots attempted, chances created and dribbles, meaning his input cannot be understated.
Steven Gerrard also recently added to the call to tie down Sterling, as well as Jordan Henderson, to long-term deals while speaking to the Guardian.
"They need to sign him [Sterling] now. He knows what I want him to do. Not just him, Jordan Henderson as well. When I was coming through at Liverpool, every time you got within a couple of years left your contract would be renewed and there would no worrying or panic stage, but I see Henderson with a year left and I see Sterling – it is in the paper too much and I know there is no smoke without fire."
Liverpool have endured a difficult campaign whilst coming to terms with the loss of Luis Suarez so they will be intent on keeping hold of their other star players.
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