Former Newcastle United striker Micky Quinn told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT what he’d do in relation to Raheem Sterling if he was in charge at Liverpool.
Negotiations roll on over a new deal for the Liverpool star and Quinn has suggested that he’d give the youngster whatever he wanted to sign on the dotted line of a new contract.
“He’s gone from a talented youngster into a key first team player – I’d just pay him and get him to sign,” said Quinn.
The BBC is among several sources to carry quotes from Rodgers confirming that Sterling has an offer in place from Liverpool.
The difference between parties is that Liverpool are thought to be after a good value deal, which could be below what Sterling’s representatives might feel he’s arguably worth as a regular first team player and England international.
Quinn appears to be a firm believer in Sterling’s quality and his obvious ability to perform and change games in ways that other Liverpool players can’t.
He’s got that explosive pace, which can be useful on the counter attack but also in terms of pressing the opposition defence and pinning them back inside their own half.
According to transfermarkt, his current deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2017, which means there’s no time pressure as far as Liverpool and the player are concerned and time to improve the reported offer if Sterling doesn’t feel it’s along the lines that he deserves.