The Daily Mail claimed this morning that Liverpool are set to offer Raheem Sterling a new contract worth a reported £100,000 per week.
The paper claims that the move is a tactic designed to ward off potentially interested parties, should the Reds winger take his sensational club form into the World Cup with England, which starts next week.
Sterling developed tremendously over the second half of last season, becoming part of a side that nearly won the Premier League title, after he was linked with a potential loan move to Swansea.
The new deal to tie Sterling down to the club makes sense but the amount of cash the club are investing in him is fraught with possible danger.
Liverpool are a club that carefully monitor their wage structure and policy. Luis Suarez is one of the only examples where the club has forked out a big package to keep a player at Anfield.
Sterling, still only 19-years-old, would become one of the best paid teenagers in the Premier League creating the same negative implications, which have been attached to Manchester United’s potential deal for Luke Shaw.
The major worry is that a contract of that magnitude has the ability to mentally affect such a young man.
Brendan Rodgers’ man management skills would be tested even further, as he looked to try and stop Sterling getting carried away with his even greater fortune, with the major worry that his form could dip through distraction.
It could backfire on the club if he’s not able to maintain the same level of form that he showed over the second half of last season.
Again, United are a very good parallel example, with Wayne Rooney’s bumper contract criticised alongside the England striker’s dip in form for United throughout last season.
How Liverpool could dampen down the deal is if parts of the wage structure are bonus related. Leaving an incentive in place for Sterling to earn a greater financial reward has to be the way forward otherwise this young man, with a young family could take one eye away from his Liverpool focus.