Steven Gerrard has urged Raheem Sterling to stay at Anfield in order to become a Liverpool legend.
The Reds’ hero, who played his final match for Liverpool last month, believes Sterling should stay with the Merseyside outfit for the next few years in order to fulfil his immense potential.
Gerrard feels Sterling, whose popularity has taken a nose-dive at Anfield since it emerged he wanted to leave the club, could be lauded in the same way Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres were if he stays put.
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"Liverpool is the place for him to learn for the next few years," Gerrard was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "I think there's a position there for him to be the number one player in the Liverpool team and really have that adulation from supporters that the likes of Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres have experienced.
"I don't want to see him go to another team and just become a squad player and just another number in the team, I think he deserves to be playing every week."
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Sterling wanted by several big clubs
Sterling has been linked to some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, including Chelsea, Arsenal and even Liverpool’s bitter rivals Manchester United. Spanish giants Real Madrid also reportedly have an interest in the youngster.
The 20-year-old has previously hinted his desire to leave Liverpool isn’t about money, but rather his ambition to win silverware.
Liverpool will not be competing in the Champions League next season after finishing the Premier League season in sixth place and Sterling, who has two years left to run on his contract, is keen to secure a move away from Anfield this summer.
It was reported last month that Sterling would only agree to sign the £100,000-a-week contract with Liverpool if Brendan Rodgers was sacked and replaced with the out-of-work Jurgen Klopp.
However, it was revealed last week that Liverpool will stick with Rodgers following talks with the former Swansea City manager.
Will Sterling get his wish?
It’s understood Sterling would prefer to move back to London, but is open to a shock move to Manchester United.
No player has moved directly from Anfield to Old Trafford for 77 years and Sterling, according to the Guardian, is wary of the potential backlash from the Liverpool supporters were he to complete arguably the most shocking transfer of the Premier League era.
Liverpool have reiterated their stance on Sterling - they have no intention of selling this summer - but it will be interested to see what action the live-wire winger and his agent take between now and the start of the season in order to force a move away from Anfield.
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