Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has sent a warning to teammate Raheem Sterling, claiming he'd just become another number if left Anfield for a different club this summer, reports Sky Sports.
The future of Sterling has been the subject of much debate in recent time, with the player having still not committed his future with the club for the long term.
Gerrard, then, who was speaking in a press conference ahead of his final league game at Anfield this weekend, has insisted that the versatile forward should sign a new deal and flourish under Reds chief Brendan Rodgers.
The 34-year-old, who is set to move to LA Galaxy at the end of this season, told reporters: "In my opinion he should sign a new deal, but that's something I can't control.
"My advice to Raheem is he needs a manager who believes in him and will help coach him - and there's no one better than Brendan Rodgers for that.
"Brendan is a fantastic man-manager. The danger is these younger players want it all too soon but they go to another club and become just another number."
One thing's for sure, all eyes will be on Gerrard - not Sterling - this weekend as Liverpool play host to Crystal Palace in the Premier League. After an incredible stint at Anfield, the club-captain will be desperate to sign off on a high in front of the home faithful, as the club go in search of all three points.
Champions League qualification for next season may well be near enough impossible, but Gerrard and Co. will be determined to end this campaign on a high.
Huge Sterling decision
For Sterling, though, he faces a huge summer. At the end of the day, you can hardly blame him for taking his time to decide exactly what the future holds.
Ultimately, at Liverpool this term, the club have endured a tricky campaign, and Sterling will no doubt be hoping to secure silverware over the coming years.
At 20-years of age, though, he has many, many years in front of him, so perhaps should look to stick around under the Rodgers regime and play his part in helping the club move to the next level.
There's no doubt about it, a move at this point in his career would prove a risk, but the Liverpool hierarchy may well have to work hard in order to convince him to stay.
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