Lawrenson: Liverpool must not offer Raheem Sterling silly wages

Mark Lawrenson believes Liverpool must take care in their pursuit of a new deal for Sterling.

Much debate in recent weeks at Liverpool has been based around the future of midfielder Raheem Sterling. The talented attacking midfielder has been in excellent form for Liverpool in recent times and with that in mind the club would like to reward him with a new contract - to put him on par with the top earners at Anfield.

He has seen the likes of Adam Lallana, Mario Balotelli and Dejan Lovren all sign for the club this summer and probably immediately earn more than him.

Liverpool have tied down Daniel Sturridge to a new deal recently, while Jordan Henderson's is said to be in the pipeline.

But a deal for Sterling appears to be a little more complicated.

His agent has been criticised in some quarters for his role in negotiations, as the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are all beginning to be linked with his signature.

But despite those rumours one man who is not panicking is Mark Lawrenson.

The Liverpool legend and TV pundit has written in his Liverpool Echo article this weekend that Liverpool should not bow to pressure and hand him a bumper new deal:

"The main concern among fans, though, is the future of Raheem Sterling.

"There have been plenty of rumours knocking around lately that Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and even Chelsea are keeping tabs on the winger’s situation.

"Sterling has yet to agree a new deal at Anfield, with his representatives clearly pushing for a massive bump up in wages.

"The teenager deserves to be rewarded for his progress, but it is a difficult balancing act for the Reds.

"No matter how much they pay Sterling, if he keeps developing at this rate then there is every chance the super-clubs – PSG, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona – will all come knocking...

"But for me, his contract should reflect the fact he is still developing and playing well. The Reds shouldn’t just offer him £150,000 a week just because Real might be interested at a future date."

Lawro is absolutely right. If Liverpool start paying Sterling £150k-a-week now, how much will they have to pay to keep him in two years, five years, ten years time.

They must play hard and fair with their promising young talent.

Hopefully that will not see him go elsewhere.

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