Liverpool media round-up, Sterling's contract hope, Rodgers on reception for duo

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club in the media this Monday morning.

Raheem Sterling has told the Liverpool Echo that he hopes his contract situation at the club will be sorted out very soon and has said he is happy at the club. 

Sterling scored in the Reds' crucial 2-0 win over Southampton at St Mary's yesterday to take them within two points of the Champions League places, and three points behind third place.

The 20-year-old has been a key player for the Reds this season and is seen as a key player going forward, but negotiations have seemingly dragged on between the club and the player's representatives.

He said: “We're working on it and hopefully it will be sorted soon."

Sterling also commented on the victory against the Saints yesterday which put them right in the mix for the Champions League places and despite a poor start to the season which saw Liverpool struggling in the bottom half of the table until April, Sterling said the side knew they were capable of qualifying for the Europe's premier competition again. 

He said: “We knew we had to come here and do the job and we did that. The boys defended really well and we took our chances when they came.

“You have to win dirty at times and we did that today. That was the most important thing."

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers told reporters after the game he was disappointed by the reception former Southampton players Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana got on their old ground, with Dejan Lovren also returning.

The reception from Southampton's fans for Rickie Lambert was noticeably positive for his service to the club while Lallana and Lovren's departure from the club didn't go down well with the supporters.

But Rodgers had issues with the amount of coverage given to their return in the matchday programme, saying: “I looked in the match programme and there was nothing relevant to his time here. He and Rickie Lambert helped get the club where they are today, but there was no mention of them, which was sad.

“I can understand why they didn't with Dejan as he was only here a year.

“But Adam and Rickie gave their heart and soul to Southampton. They have moved to one of the biggest clubs in the world, so you can't deny a player that.

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