Rodgers reveals personal involvement in Sterling’s Liverpool contract talks

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed the extent to which he has been involved in the on-going contract talks between the club and winger Raheem Sterling, as Sterling turns 18 and becomes eligible to sign professional terms, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The player and the club appear to be at an impasse with regards to Sterling putting pen to paper on a full deal, with the Mirror claiming that the contract going unsigned as Sterling turns 18 will increase speculation that the England international is either unhappy at the terms on offer or sees his future away from Anfield.

Rodgers however is planning for Sterling being at the club for a long time, and revealed he has laid out his plan step-by-step to develop the former Queens Park Rangers youth team player. Rodgers has experience of working with young players, having served as a youth team coach at Chelsea before being promoted to reserve team manager.

He said: “I’ve talked at length to Raheem and gone through what I’d call the core elements of his ¬development. First and foremost, there’s the commitment from us as a club to him, and, likewise, from him to us.

“Then, after that, we’ve talked about the plan and the development, going forwards over this period of time,” Rodgers added. “It’s then his responsibility to deliver. Because he’ll have all the tools here at Liverpool Football Club – one of the top football clubs in the world – in order to progress.

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