Liverpool and Raheem Sterling remain miles apart as contract talks between the two stall, a source has told The Mail.
Brendan Rodgers confirmed earlier this month that talks over a new contract had been postponed until the summer with both Liverpool and Sterling concentrating on qualifying for the Champions League. Their chances of a top four finish are hanging by a thread as are, it seems, Liverpool's chances of tying Sterling's future down.
Sterling is already believed to have rejected a deal worth £100,000-a-week with the 20-year-old believing to be seeking parity with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard. They are currently the club's highest earners on £150,000-a-week.
Liverpool also showed they have even more money to pay their top stars after they agreed a £200,000-a-week deal with Luis Suarez. That contract helped them seal maximum value when they eventually sold him to Barcelona, but it also showed Sterling that they have considerably more money to offer him.
The source, who spoke the The Mail, says that no offer from Liverpool has come close to meeting the demands of Sterling, saying the two parties are "miles apart". That's a huge worry for Liverpool fans, who believed the England international would go on to be the new talisman of this squad.
Rodgers has plenty of time to amend the situation. Sterling's current contract does not expire until 2017. He remains confident that a deal will eventually be struck, but is keen to make sure the young star stays motivated in his pursuit of footballing greatness.
Manchester City are a worry. They are interested in signing Sterling and are aware that this summer would be a good chance to do so. A big offer could tempt Liverpool to cash in while a huge contract would surely pull the player towards Manchester.
Manuel Pellegrini needs homegrown players and Sterling is one of the best. They could pay up to £50m for him and, according to the same source, he is ready to consider his options.
They said: "There is a lot of talk of how staying at Liverpool would be best for Raheem's development, but the kid is a full international who plays for his club in the Premier League every week. It's only right that he explores his options."
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have are also reported to be monitoring the situation. With all these clubs tempting Sterling away from Anfield, it seems only Champions League football and the chance to win domestic trophies will keep him at the club.
Should Liverpool lose to Arsenal on Saturday week, their chances of a top four finish will be all but over and the European juggernauts will smell blood.
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