Liverpool legend John Barnes urges Raheem Sterling to stay at Liverpool

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Former Liverpool star John Barnes believes Raheem Sterling must be patient and learn his trade at Liverpool. 

Barnes has warned Sterling that he is setting his ambitions too high, too soon. Barnes believes it would be a big mistake for Sterling to move before he has properly proved himself.

To soon for a big move?

Barnes stated on TalkSport: "I would advise any young player who has been in the game for one and a half years to stay and learn his trade. Show consistency over a four year period before making a big move, because then you will be judged as a £50 million player.

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"I don't think he is ready to move to a Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester City. He needs to be very careful".

Learn from history

Raheem Sterling must learn from past history. Think of Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair, they arrived from their respective clubs as the nation's brightest talents. Where are they now? Both are struggling to get into the team of sides in the bottom half of the Premier League.

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Barnes said recent history is full of young players who have made poor decisions at a young age and he did not want Sterling to make a similar mistake.

Barnes believes Sterling must be careful about his next move or he could end up like them.

Lucrative contract offered

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Liverpool have offered Sterling an 'incredible' deal, reportedly worth £100,000 per week. It is worrying for Liverpool supporters that this deal, which started in December, has still not been agreed.

Sterling's current deal runs out in the summer of 2017 but contracts have so far been locked - leading to many top European clubs being linked with the Anfield starlet. 

Liverpool fans: will Sterling sign a new deal?

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