Steven Gerrard hopes Raheem Sterling signs new contract with Liverpool

Despite his current deal having two and a half seasons to run, Sterling has seen his contract situation at Anfield become a talking point.
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, left, Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel prepare to kick off after cenceding their second goal during their English Premier League football match against Manchester United on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, left, Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel prepare to kick off after cenceding their second goal during their English Premier League football match against Manchester United on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has told teammate Raheem Sterling to commit his future to the club.

Despite his current deal having two and a half seasons to run, Sterling has seen his contract situation at Anfield become a talking point.

Sterling’s versatility in being able to operate as a striker has provided under-pressure boss Brendan Rodgers with a welcome boost, and Gerrard hopes to see the 20-year-old stick around for a lot longer.

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He told a number of national newspapers: “I hope he signs a new contract at the club because I think this club is perfect for him, certainly for the next few years.

“He’s going to play most weeks, the fans love him here. He can progress here and become a top, top player here so I hope the people around him give him the right advice because he should stay here.

“He’s great to watch, great to play with, he’s got that pace. When you look up he’s always giving you an option and that’s what I’ve thrived on throughout my career at Liverpool with the likes of Fernando Torres, Michael Owen.

“There’s nothing better as a midfielder when you look up and see pace running in behind. I saw it on numerous occasions [against Bournemouth in midweek] and hopefully it will continue because it stretches teams and creates chances.”

Sterling’s brace in a 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Wednesday was a real pressure reliever after a run of poor results.

His finishing was also impressive, having squandered a number of clear-cut chances at Manchester United on Sunday.

“You’ve got to be able to have that [versatility] in your locker if you want to be top drawer,” added Gerrard.

“Raheem’s got potential to be top drawer for sure. He took a lot of stick after the weekend but I thought his all-round performance was magnificent, the only thing that was missing was a finish and that came [against Bournemouth].

“The exciting thing for all of us is that he’s English and going to be a top, top player. I think he can play anywhere along the front, he’s that intelligent. He’s got to keep learning, he’s got to keep wanting it.”

English Premier League fixtures (all UAE times)

Saturday

Manchester City v Crystal Palace, 4.45pm

Aston Villa v Manchester United, 7pm

Hull City v Swansea City, 7pm

Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion, 7pm

Southampton v Everton, 7pm

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley, 7pm

West Ham United v Leicester City, 7pm

Sunday

Newcastle United v Sunderland, 5.30pm

Liverpool v Arsenal, 8pm

Monday

Stoke City v Chelsea, midnight

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Published: December 19, 2014 04:00 AM

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