A new contract for Raheem Sterling at Liverpool could create a trigger effect affecting several players.
The Daily Mirror has reported that Liverpool will reward Raheem Sterling with a new contract, which could have knock on effects to a number of other players in Brendan Rodgers’ current squad.
Sterling has been outstanding this season, developing to a point where he could feature in England’s starting side for the World Cup this summer but there are other Liverpool stars who deserve the prospect of a new deal.
They could demand just that with Sterling’s new contract potentially triggering a sequence of effects where several players are rewarded for a potential title winning campaign this season.
Glen Johnson is an obvious example, with a contract currently set to expire at the end of next season.
Johnson could demand improved terms as Liverpool are likely to want to negotiate with him this summer if they plan on keeping him, to eradicate the chance he could leave for free next year.
Jon Flanagan is in the same position as Johnson, playing in a similar position with a contract due to expire at the same time.
Flanagan has arguably developed more than Sterling this season, turning himself into a defender who is priceless to Brendan Rodgers’ current back four and someone who will be important in all competitions next season.
Steven Gerrard is another player with a deal currently expiring in 2015 and a player Liverpool will have to negotiate with in the near future.
Gerrard’s new deal is more of a formality because he’s been a lynchpin behind the club’s success this season and someone who can drive the side forward over the rest of his career.
Kolo Toure (2015), Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Jordan Henderson (expiring deals in 2016) are also players that Liverpool will have to look at rewarding if they offer Sterling a bumper new deal to tie him down to the club.
Fortunately for Rodgers his side are in a position where they can realistically justify restructuring commercial and sponsorship deals at the end of the season, as well as benefiting from extra Champions League cash which will allow them to improve contracts and invest in new players.