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Liverpool's Rodgers 'cannot predict' Sterling contract plans

ESPN staff
March 21, 2015
Raheem Sterling has enhanced his reputation as Liverpool's lead striker in Daniel Sturridge's early season absence © Getty Images
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Brendan Rodgers admits that he does not know whether Raheem Sterling will sign a new contract at Liverpool, but hopes the forward will commit his future to the club.

Sterling, 20, has a contract with Liverpool which runs until 2017, and discussions to extend it until 2020 began in October.

Rodgers said on January 22 that agreement on a new deal was "very imminent," but the England winger has still not signed, and further discussions have now been delayed until the end of the season.

"I can't predict what other people are thinking," he said. "The club have received advice from his adviser and Raheem has mentioned it to me. That's it."

Sterling has been linked with a move to Manchester City this summer, but Rodgers remains confident of keeping the youngster at the club.

"I've had a good conversation with him and our communication is always open," he said. "I hope now it puts to bed whether or not he is going to sign the contract.

"I think that's the intention. The boy has been advised by his adviser and I have had a good conversation with Raheem. He has made clear what his adviser said to him and that is it."

With Liverpool two points off a Champions League qualifying spot, Rodgers denied that the deadlock was down to the winger waiting to see whether the club will return to the competition next season.

"I'm not sure it is about that," he added. "I think it is purely so he can concentrate on his football. I think he is a young kid that now every time he is interviewed or asked it is about his contract.

"What we have been able to do here with Raheem over the last few years is get him to think about nothing from his first waking moment but football. Now it is all about his contract and that is for him and his adviser.

"He is a good boy and I know he loves being here and as I said our talk now is only really about football. His representatives with the club can hopefully get something sorted."

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