Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists securing young star Raheem Sterling on a lengthy new contract is important for the future of the club.
The forward, who turned 18 earlier this month, is set to agree what is believed to be a five-year deal before the weekend. Sterling is the brightest of a crop of youngsters emerging from the academy and Rodgers believes building a good base of young - preferably home-grown - players would stand the club in good stead.
"Hopefully it (Sterling's contract) will be concluded within the next 24 hours," said the Reds boss. "I have said before that there was never a real issue, it was just a matter of timing and we hope that over the next couple of days that can be completed. It is important for me to gain that core of young British talent we can go forward with."
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