As the Raheem Sterling contract saga continues, Brendan Rodgers isn’t upset with his player, but rather his player’s agent.
After reportedly turning down a $150,000 per week offer from Liverpool, Sterling gave an unauthorized interview with BBC Sport in which he said it wasn’t about the money, but rather about winning titles.
Sterling openly admitted he would have resigned last season for far less money, as Liverpool was fighting for the Premier League title.
This rubbed some people the wrong way, but Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers was adamant that Sterling wasn’t leaving Anfield anytime soon.
Rodgers said he has spoken to Sterling and believes the 20-year-old is being swayed by his agent and “other parties,” while the player just wants to focus on his game.
I have given him my opinion on it. This is a young kid who has been advised to do something else. A 20-year-old boy does not pick up the phone to ask to speak to the BBC.
You don’t do that and him in particular. He just wants to play his football. But, of course, if he’s asked to do that by other parties then that’s what he’ll do.
In fairness to Raheem, I brought him in from the youth team and the reserves and I know that a big part of this is actually nothing to do with him. This is a kid that is really focused on his football.
The only thing I would say on Raheem’s situation is that anyone can see that for his football development and financially, Liverpool Football Club is the best place for him.
It is the job of his advisors to look at the possibilities might be beyond that. But he has two and a half years left and won’t be going anywhere in the summer – that’s for sure.
The contract dispute between Sterling and Liverpool has been going on for some time now, and will likely continue as the Premier League season winds down. While Liverpool would surely love to have Sterling next season, so would many other top clubs around Europe.
Liverpool currently sit fifth on the Premier League table, seven points behind Manchester City with one more game played. Rodgers said he very much doubts Liverpool will finish in the top four, with “too much ground to make up.”