Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has begged teammate Raheem Sterling to stay at Liverpool whilst on international duty with England, according to The Sun.
Sterling has recently refused to put pen to paper on a new deal to stay at Anfield, and as such has become one of the most sought after players in Europe this summer.
Liverpool have valued him at a whopping £50m, and on Friday Premier League rivals Manchester City made the Reds a verbal offer of £30m to get the ball rolling.
However, Henderson, 24, is desperate to see his good friend remain at Anfield beyond the summer, and has confirmed that he has been speaking to the winger during training with the national team this week.
“You have to keep your best players and, for me, Raheem is an outstanding player,” Henderson said.
“I am a good friend of his and we speak in private.
“Everyone knows what I think but it is up to Raheem the path he wants to choose.
“At the end of the day, he is a very mature young lad for what he has been through so far in his career — he is level-headed and knows what he wants.
“I hope the decision comes that he stays at Liverpool.
“Off the pitch everyone loves him, he is a great lad. He is getting a lot of criticism but I couldn’t fault his work ethic and the way he goes about his business.
“He hasn’t got an ego. He is a huge player for us and we need to keep him.”
Liverpool are desperate to keep hold of one of their best players to help them avoid a repeat of their late season collapse last term that saw them miss out on securing a spot in the Champions League.
Manager Brendan Rodgers came under fire as they saw out their campaign with a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Stoke and face a summer of upheaval in the transfer market.