Does Raheem Sterling deserve a £150,000 per week contract?

We compare the Liverpool forward with Chelsea star Eden Hazard to determine if he deserves the contract he reportedly wants.

Raheem Sterling v Eden Hazard: Head to Head: : 20150323

The furore over Raheem Sterling’s contract will be one that will plague Liverpool until the summer.

While the youngster still has two years remaining on his current contract at the club, they are naturally keen to sign him to a long deal to ward off interest.

At one point it had appeared that he was close to agreeing fresh terms, however those talks have now seemingly failed, with manager Brendan Rodgers confirming to BBC Sport last week that negotiations are being withdrawn until the summer.

According to the Guardian, the player is holding out for the princely sum of £150,000 a week. Such a deal would see him come close to Chelsea star Eden Hazard, who is on a reported £180,000 per week, according to TalkSport.

We decided to compare the two players' performances this season to see if the England international is truly deserving of the type of contract he reportedly craves.

When it comes to assists, the Liverpool man is actually ahead of Hazard, having registered one more than the Chelsea man so far this season.

Sterling also comes out on top in the number of attempted assists as well, having made 62, 43 on target, a success rate of 69%.

In contrast, Hazard has registered 80 attempted assists but just 46 on target, a success rate of 57%. However, the Belgian then takes the lead in every other category, with goals in particular proving a strong point - he leads 11 to six.

Elsewhere, Hazard's dribbling has proved more successful, having made 210 and won 135, a success rate of 64%, while Sterling has 155 contests to his name and won just 83, a success rate of 53%.

Passing also proves fruitful for Hazard, who has 1611 total passes and completed 1407 of them, an impressive success rate of 87%. Sterling, however, has made just 889 passes, completing 716 of them, a success rate of 80%.

On that evidence then, it seems Sterling has some way to go to earning the lofty contract he desires, especially when compared to those earning similar money.

Perhaps for both parties, it would be best he focuses on reaching the levels that the likes of Hazard are setting first.

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