Brendan Rodgers in the dark over Raheem Sterling’s Liverpool contract

Raheem Sterling

The Anfield boss has revealed that he will play no role in the star player’s potential extension.

Liverpool are gone from strength-to-strength since the turn of the year, with Raheem Sterling playing a key role in the Merseysiders’ hopes of finishing in the top four.

The homegrown hero has shot to prominence over the last 12 months and is widely regarded as one of the most gifted young players in European football.

However, with the England international’s contract at Anfield expiring in the summer of 2017, the Reds have been trying to tie their prize asset down to a new, improved and longer deal.

With no agreement reached as yet, the British media have insinuated that Sterling is reluctant to pen a new deal and will instead weigh up his options this summer.

When asked about the player’s future, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted that he would play no role in the negotiations and was even unsure of Sterling’s demands.

“I don’t even know what Raheem wants (financially) to be honest, I just get him to concentrate on his football,” the Northern Irish manager is quoted as saying in The Daily Mail.

“I just hope for the kid’s sake it gets resolved. Ultimately it can be about two things for players and representatives — game time and money.

“As a manager you want to give everything to the player to help them but ultimately if they, or more so their representative, decides the player needs to move, that is normally what happens.

“I think this club has all the intention of wrapping these deals up but it’s not just the club, you have to remember that. There are two sides to it.”

Liverpool are also believed to have begun negotiations with Jordan Henderson over a new deal, with the former Sunderland midfielder’s current contract expiring next summer.

Although Rodgers will be keen to add new faces to his contingent at the end of the campaign, ensuring that these two key players are still at the club for years to come is arguably a greater priority.

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