Daniel Sturridge: Regular football will keep Raheem Sterling at Liverpool

Raheem Sterling

The hotshot striker has stated that he hopes his club and international team-mate opts for a prolonged stay at Anfield.

Raheem Sterling threw a cat amongst the pigeons with his recent BBC interview, which has led to more questions than answers over his future at Liverpool.

With the Reds struggling to qualify for next season’s Champions League, it appears that the 20-year-old is weighing up his options.

Sterling’s current contract expires in the summer of 2017, with the attacker revealing in his interview that he has rejected the option of renewed terms on Merseyside.

Daniel Sturridge has had his say on Sterling’s future, and has admitted that he hopes regular first-team football at Anfield will be enough to convince the youngster that his future should be with Brendan Rodgers’ men.

"I don't know what Raheem wants to do but it's just important to be able to play regularly,” Sturridge is quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.

"As long as he's playing regularly then he'll be happy. I don't think it's anything to do with anything other than that and I hope that he'll stay at the club.

"I think it's important, regardless of who you are, that you're able to show what you can do, not just for Raheem, but for any young player.

"It's important to play games and gain experience, so whatever decision he makes, I'm behind him 100 per cent.”

Sturridge knows the perils of signing for title-chasing clubs, with the striker forced to settle for bit-part roles at both Manchester City and Chelsea in the past.

The pair are expected to feature for the Merseyside club in Monday night’s clash with Newcastle at Anfield, in a fixture that the Reds must record three points in if they are to stand any chance of finishing in the top four.

Liverpool sit in fifth place after consecutive defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal, with a seven-point gap separating them from fourth-placed Manchester City.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch