Brendan Rodgers calm about Raheem Sterling contract negotiations

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Brendan Rodgers is not panicking about Raheem Sterling not yet signing a new contract with Liverpool and is confident a new deal will be finalised soon.

The 20-year-old already has two years left on his current contract, however the Reds are looking to reward Sterling for his form in recent months.

Negotiations have been going on for months and news recently emerged that the England international has stalled contract talks until the end of the season as the Merseyside club bid to finish in the Premier League top-four.

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Plenty of speculation has surrounded Sterling making a move away from Anfield with a host of top European clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona reportedly interested.

However, Rodgers insists that the winger will soon put pen to paper and ink a long-term deal at Liverpool.

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"I think it's quite obvious if you look at Raheem's situation - anyone who has the bests interests of Raheem will see that Liverpool Football Club at this stage for him is the best option for his career," Rodgers said during his pre-match press conference before Liverpool meet Swansea City on Monday night.

"He's just turned 20 in December and he's made 118 appearances in that time, which is a remarkable amount for a club of this size for a young player to be given that opportunity.

"He's made it clear himself he loves being here and for any young player, I think he was quoted as saying, this is the best place to develop.

"That makes me quite relaxed about the situation. I am sure the club and his representatives will find the solution for that.

"We have the track record here of developing talents, bringing them through and giving them the opportunity. There'll be more of those players like Raheem that will get the opportunity."

Fine Form

Sterling has been top-class for Liverpool all season and the Merseyside club will be desperate to extend his deal.

The former QPR man has netted six times in the Premier League this term and goals against Burnley on Boxing Day and Southampton in February have given his side vital points.

When Daniel Sturridge was on the side-lines for the first half of the season through injury, Rodgers placed plenty of faith in Sterling and started him as a lone striker. It's a role that the Jamaican-native has never played in before, however he took to it brilliantly and offered plenty of movement up top.

Sterling is gifted with blistering pace and quick feet that causes the world's best defenders problems.

Now Sturridge has returned from injury, Sterling has dropped into a deeper role where he is more natural playing. 

Cash In?

With two years still left on his contract, it's likely that Liverpool would get a large fee if they were to sell Sterling.

In past seasons, Real Madrid have splashed out a serious amount of cash for the likes of Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez and Sterling could be the next recruit.

Although his talent is a given, the Reds have plenty of young players with a similar profile as Sterling.

Jordan Ibe has returned to the first-team set-up following loan spells at Birmingham City and Derby County and has been superb. His performances against Everton and Tottenham Hotspur were top-notch and there is plenty of potential that could see Ibe improve further.

Lazar Markovic was the subject of a £20 million transfer last summer from Benfica and also plays a similar role as Sterling. 

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