Brendan Rodgers says Raheem Sterling will stay put, and Arsenal is a 'must-win'

Raheem Sterling And Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of Saturday lunchtime's trip to Arsenal in the Premier League.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he is 'quite relaxed' about Raheem Sterling's current situation at the club, and said he won't be leaving Anfield after he gave an interview to the BBC last night explaining the reasons for rejecting a new contract at the club.

The Liverpool boss seemed to be in something of a defiant mood over Sterling at his press conference ahead of a crucial trip to Arsenal.

Also quoted by This is Anfield, he told reporters: "I'm quite relaxed on it, I think it's part of the modern game now. Representatives have different ways of working.

"The player he is today is because of the enviroment [at Liverpool]. He still has a lot to learn.

"He has two and a half years left on his deal, he's going nowhere in the summer.

"Liverpool is one of the superpowers of football. The money doesn't come into it. If the club doesn't want to sell, it doesn't sell. Money has never been the objective."

Rodgers also confirmed that Sterling did not have permission from the club to conduct the interview that was released yesterday.

Moving to the game in question, Rodgers said that Jordan Henderson is fit to play after international duty, while Lucas Leiva could start after returning to the first team fold as an unused substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United. Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana both missed international duty with England but are available for this weekend's game.

Rodgers also described the trip to the Emirates Stadium as a must-win in order to close the gap on the top four and keep their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League alive.

Liverpool are currently five points behind Manchester United with eight games to go, and Arsenal are a further point in front.

The Reds' boss is also seeking a performance from his side, saying: "Over the last three months, apart from the last game, we have performed well. A must-win, but it's also a must-perform.

"We'll have a look at our game [vs. Arsenal] earlier on in the season. We played very well in a system that was just coming together. We go there really motivated."

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