Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool is the best place for Raheem Sterling

Brendan Rodgers

The Northern Irish manager has stated that the club’s prize asset has plenty of reasons to stay at Anfield.

Raheem Sterling gave an infamous interview with the BBC this week, claiming that he had refused a new Liverpool contract and stated that Arsenal’s reported interest in him was flattering.

These comments have led to question marks over the England international’s club future, with the star seemingly reluctant to commit a long-term future to the Anfield outfit.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he has spoken to the player about the issue and told him that his current employers are the best place for his development.

The Northern Irish manager also stated that the young forward is best served by staying with the Merseyside club and has the backing of everyone at Liverpool.

“I had a good chat with him and given my opinion on it,” The Guardian report Rodgers as saying.

“The only thing I will say on Raheem’s situation is anyone can see through his football development, and financial, Liverpool Football Club is the best place for him.

“He has had the opportunity to play, which is key for a young player. It’s the model of Liverpool, the owners want to create world-class talent.

“He came in at 17 years of age, I deemed him worthy to come in and become a regular. In two and a half years he has proven that. He has played in a number of different positions, which has improved him tactically and technically.”

Sterling started in Liverpool’s disappointing 4-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, playing as his side’s lone striker and winning a penalty for his team in the second half.

The 20-year-old stated in his interview with the BBC that he would sit down with the powers that be at Liverpool at the end of the season to discuss his future.

Sterling’s current deal at Anfield runs until the summer of 2017, with the player a graduate of the Merseyside outfit’s youth academy.

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