Steven Gerrard tells Raheem Sterling to pledge future to Liverpool

Sterling could be influential for the future of English football (©GettyImages)

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has urged attacker Raheem Sterling to commit his future to the Reds' by signing an extended deal.

Sterling's contract has become a major talking point in recent weeks and months, despite the fact it still has two and a half years remaining.

The youngster made a big impact in Liverpool's bid for Premier League glory last season, scoring nine goals in the league - which has sparked rumours he could leave the club. 

SHOULD STERLING BE HAPPY WITH £70K A WEEK?

The 20-year-old currently earns £30,000 a week with additional bonuses on top, however his form over the last two seasons has rumoured discussion of a new deal - which he has surely earned. 

The England star has not started this season in quite the same form as last, with Brendan Rodgers' side struggling in general, but he was described as 'outstanding' by the Liverpool boss for his performance against Bournemouth on Wednesday night. 

TIME TO SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE

And it is understood that the youngster is unhappy with a weekly pay-rise of £40,000, and he is probably right to be. 

The star has been linked with a long list of Europe's biggest teams over the past year, who would almost certainly pay him over £100,000 a week - And with Liverpool in dire need to prove their ambition following their poor start to the campaign, signing Sterling to a long-term contract is vital.

GERRARD BELIEVES LIVERPOOL IS 'RIGHT' FOR STERLING

Speaking after the 3-1 victory against Bournemouth, Gerrard insisted Sterling should sign a new contract at Liverpool to allow him to become one of the best players in the world.

"He's going to play most weeks, the fans love him here. He can progress here and become a top, top player here so I hope the people around him give him the right advice because he should stay," the 34-year-old told Sky Sports.

"He's great to watch, great to play with, he's got that pace. When you look up he's always giving you an option and that's what I've thrived on throughout my career at Liverpool with the likes of Fernando Torres, Michael Owen.

"The exciting thing for all of us is that he's English and going to be a top, top player. I think he can play anywhere along the front, he's that intelligent [but] he's got to keep learning, he's got to keep wanting it."

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