In a candid interview to the BBC earlier this week Sterling himself confirmed that he had already rebuffed a large contract offer from the Reds, which some have taken as an indication that his future at Anfield is not nearly so assured as the club would like it to be.
Sterling at Liverpool
The England international has proven himself a vital part of the club’s system over the past two years and losing him, for whatever cost, would be a definite blow.
However Rodgers, as per quotes from The Guardian, has moved to quell the theory that his most prized possession could be moving on as of the summer. The Northern Irishman has issued a statement confirming that Liverpool don’t have to sell Sterling, whilst also describing the club as one of football’s super powers.
“Concentration should be on his football. If his ambition is to win trophies that’s aligned with what we do here. Raheem has two and a half years left on his deal and he’s not going anywhere in the summer,” Rodgers said.
“I think the kid has tried to put off all talk about contract and money. For now hopefully focus will be on football. Liverpool are one of the superpowers of football and if the owners don’t want to sell they don’t have to.”
Interestingly Rodgers’ comments are all tied in by a concurrent theme. If Sterling’s claims are true and he isn’t interested in playing purely for money then one would infer that his primary objective is to play in the biggest matches and compete for the biggest trophies.
Given that Liverpool have never won the Premier League since its inception, and that their last piece of major silverware was the FA Cup in 2006, Rodgers’ claim that they are a ‘superpower’ might be a little off.
Liverpool's lack of trophies
Indeed they have improved over the past year and a half, but whether or not the steady rise to the top of English football will be enough for Sterling remains to be seen. It’s been speculated in recent weeks that he has both Chelsea and Arsenal ranking amongst his English suitors, and Real Madrid could well be in the race for his signature.
Given Rodgers’ comments it seems as though Liverpool are safe from a raid for now, unless they’re offered a huge sum that convinces them they can sell and not feel any detrimental effects. However if they don’t tie Sterling down to a new deal this summer there will be serious questions asked over his own feelings towards the club and whether or not his ambitions might force him towards the exit door.
Liverpool fans, are you confident of keeping Sterling for the long-term? Is he going to take his leave sooner rather than later? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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