The future of Liverpool star Raheem Sterling has been at the centre of much speculation in recent weeks. Since he broke onto the first team scene in the 2012/13 season, the 19-year-old has been nothing short of a sensation for the Reds. So it's no wonder they are desperate to tie him down to a new deal.
Sterling has become a key part of Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool squad and is fully deserving of his new deal, but contracts talks appear to be more complicated than first thought.
Big money clubs like Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSG have been linked with moves for the England international in recent times, and there is little doubt that each one of those clubs could offer the youngster more money than Liverpool.
Reports have suggested that Sterling could become one of the top earners at Liverpool, but club legend John Aldridge has urged the club not to offer him a £100,000 contract, for the fear that he might lose some drive and motivation.
He wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: “At his age he shouldn’t be thinking about new contracts and money. He should be concentrating on playing football and enjoying it.
“It’s a tricky one for the club because you need to get him tied down to a new deal and he deserves to be rewarded for the progress he has made over the past 18 months.
“However, you can’t be giving out £100,000 per week to a teenager. You have to find a way to ensure you keep the fire in his belly.
“It makes sense to come up with a contract which is heavily incentivised so that you keep that motivation.
“The sooner that contract gets signed the better.”
Aldridge is absolutely right, no teenage professional footballer should be earning close to £100,000 each week. Paying a player so young so much money poses too many risks.
Like the former Liverpool man says the money could go to his head and he could lose motivation and desire to continue improving himself. Or on the other hand, he could continue going from strength to strength, but then that begs the question of how much will Liverpool have to keep paying Sterling to keep him at the club in the future?
Sterling's contract doesn't expire until the summer of 2017, so fortunately for Liverpool they ave plenty of time to negotiate a fair deal for both parties.