Raheem Sterling is not concerned with the criticism Liverpool fans have thrown at him for his refusal to sign a new contract with the club.
There are massive questions over Sterling's commitment to the Anfield outfit after he rejected a £100,000-a-week long-term contract.
Interest from Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea appear to be turning Sterling's head and his decision to postpone contract talks with Brendan Rodgers until the summer has left many wondering if he will be at the club next season.
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Liverpool fans, inevitably, are not happy with their young star. But despite the criticism coming his way, the young England international has insisted that he is fully focussed on finishing the season brightly.
“Everyone has their opinion on me at this moment in time but I’m just a kid who loves to play football and to try and improve every day and be the best I can be," Sterling said in an interview screened on BT Sport.
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Doing his best
“It just goes in one ear and goes out the other. I don’t read anything, don’t look at anything and, for me, it’s all football. I’m genuinely focused on doing my best for this football club.”
Sterling has been a key player for Liverpool this year, appearing in 47 games across all competitions and scoring 11 goals. They're impressive figures for a man barely out of his teens, but the man himself is still unsatisfied with his contribution.
“I set targets for myself at the start of the season and I’m probably a few goals behind where I wanted to be," he added.
“I’m just taking it in my stride and hopefully in these last few games, the run-in until the end of the season, I can kick on again. I’m still learning and developing so only time will tell.
“I’m my own biggest critic. I don’t need anyone to tell me when I’ve played badly. I know when I’ve done bad, I’m always looking where I could have done better or scored an extra goal.
Sterling believes the high standards of today's game have allowed people to criticise even the smallest of mistakes. He says in an era of superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, it is important to be for a footballer to be critical of his own performance.
He said: “This is the world that we live in. You look at the players like Ronaldo and these players are critical on themselves. These are the people that you need to idolise and look up to."
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