Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson has said on Sky Sports’ Gillette Soccer Saturday that Raheem Sterling will not sign a new contract at Liverpool.
The England international winger’s current contract with Liverpool runs until June 2017, but talks over a new deal have been running for quite a while.
Manager Brendan Rodgers recently said that no talks over a new deal will be held until the end of the season, as reported by BBC Sport.
Merson has now suggested that Sterling would have signed a new contract months ago if he wanted to.
“He got offered a deal way before Christmas,” the 47-year-old told Sky Sports’ Gillette Soccer Saturday. “He is not signing until the end of the season. How much is he losing a week?
“So even if he does sign at the end of the season, it is going to take him six months to earn that money at Liverpool which he should have got already.
“I would be shocked if he signs. I think he should sign. For me, he has to sign, he has to sign.”
Sterling is one of the best players in the Liverpool squad and one of the most creative youngsters in Europe.
The 20-year-old has been a major player for the Reds for almost two years, and losing him in the summer will be a huge blow for the Merseyside outfit.
Maybe Liverpool and Sterling think that it is better if contract talks are held after the end of the current campaign, but the Premier League outfit are running the risk of sending a wrong message to clubs who may be looking to sign the winger.