When it rains, it pours.
No sooner have Liverpool crashed out of the UEFA Champions League than there are reports from numerous outlets suggesting star attacker Raheem Sterling is stalling on signing a new contract at Anfield.
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Sterling, 20, has burst onto the scene in the last 12 months and starred in the Reds’ second-place finish last season and shone for England at the World Cup.
The pacey winger is, according to this report from the Daily Telegraph in the UK, set to turn down Liverpool’s offer of $110,000 per week.
With Sterling currently earning less than half that amount, he was hoping for a significant pay rise with plenty of Europe’s elite clubs believed to be sniffing around about his availability.
Although haggling like this between an agent and a club is commonplace, you get a sense that following Liverpool’s exit from the Champions League at the group stage and their dreadful start to the Premier League season, Sterling may be having second thoughts about sticking around on Merseyside.
The English winger is Liverpool’s leading scorer in the PL with three goals and with Luis Suarez sold over the summer, Daniel Sturridge injured and Mario Balotelli struggling, Sterling has fast become Liverpool’s main man.
That pressure on the youngsters shoulders has been evident this season as he has failed to hit the heights of last season but his performances have improved in recent weeks. Only time will tell if Sterling remains at Anfield, but interesting negotiations lie ahead for both the player and the club.