The 20-year-old is currently tied to a deal that will keep him at Anfield until 2017, although a new contract has been on the table for a number of weeks. Sterling has yet to sign the deal, and the talkSPORT article claims that the England international is holding off until he is offered a better deal. Head coach Brendan Rodgers has called the current offer ‘incredible’ - as per the BBC report - but no deal is confirmed, and there is no indication that talks are progressing well.
Considering Sterling is one of Liverpool’s key players, he has a right to demand one of the highest wages in the Reds ranks. Despite his young age, he has single handedly carried the team for long stretches of this campaign, and reported interest from Real Madrid - per the Mirror - could see him looking to force a larger contract with the Merseyside club using the Madrid rumours as a negotiation tool.
Although Rodgers’ squad would become immediately weaker if Sterling was to depart, former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has suggested that the Reds should not cave into the youngster’s demands, and be looking to sell him if no contract can be agreed.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Collymore - who scored 27 goals in 65 games for Liverpool - said: “If Liverpool offer Sterling between £75,000 and £90,000 a week, he is doing exceptionally well on a five-year contract.
“If he’s asking for £130,000 or £150,000 and wants to be the club’s top earner, do you know what I would do?
“I would honestly sell him, as good as he had been for Liverpool.”
Although Collymore’s belief that no player is bigger than a club is honourable, football has reached the point now where players hold all the cards. There is no way that Liverpool would be able to compete with Sterling, and he is in the position where he can demand what he wants, knowing that the Reds will likely cave in to secure him on a new deal.