Sterling to sign new Liverpool contract

Raheem Sterling is ready to commit his long-term future to Liverpool and sign a new five year contract with the club, the BBC has reported.

Sterling became eligible to sign senior terms upon turning 18 in early December but an agreement at first could not be reached between the player and the club. The BBC adds however that despite the impasse, and the interest of other parties, Sterling always intended to stay at Anfield, with the only issue coming over the question of Sterling’s wage when compared to other, less important members of Brendan Rodgers’ squad.

Having established himself in the first team under Rodgers – and made his senior England bow under Roy Hodgson – Sterling was said to be holding out for a pay packet in line with his position in the Liverpool pecking order.

However, the hefty sums paid to the likes of Joe Cole and Stewart Downing, who are little more than squad players under Rodgers but still receive £100,000 and £60,000 per week respectively, complicated matters.

The BBC reveal though that Sterling will see a leap from £2,000 per week to £30,000 per week, with his new contract providing scope for further increases as Sterling progresses at Liverpool. The contract is expected to be signed before Christmas.

Sterling has this season made 25 appearances for Liverpool, scoring once, in a 1-0 victory at Anfield over Premier League strugglers Reading.

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