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Sterling should sign Liverpool deal and get his 'nut down'

ESPN staff
March 25, 2015
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Raheem Sterling has been given a ruthless dressing down by former Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp labelled Sterling "lucky" to be at Liverpool and urged him to sign a new contract at the club that signed him from QPR as a 15-year-old in 2010.

Talks over a new deal have stalled after initially promising signs in October, but manager Brendan Rodgers has said he is "relaxed" about Sterling's situation.

Sterling is set to be released early by England after Friday's match against Lithuania to help his recovery from a toe injury, but Redknapp believes that stalling on a new contract is harming his development as a player.

"Sign your contract," Redknapp said. "You are at a great club, you are playing regularly, you have become an England international, you're learning the game.

"Have another two or three years of playing as you are now, keep taking your game on and you will get the rewards.

"The money is there anyway, but you will be up there with the top earners in the world in another two or three years if you keep progressing.

"You are at a fantastic club, one of the best football clubs in the world. You are lucky to be playing at a club like Liverpool. Get your nut down, do your job, and the rewards will keep coming."

Sterling, whose current deal runs until 2017, has six Premier League goals so far this season, and has a maximum of eight fixtures remaining to match his total of nine from last term.

Raheem Sterling has scored six goals this season, but has struggled in an unfamiliar wing-back role © PA Photos
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