Are the Reds preparing to make a big statement regarding their want-away winger…
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted that Raheem Sterling could be fined after discussing his ongoing contract negotiations in a televised interview with the BBC.
The 20-year-old broke our club’s media rules by agreeing to the interview without permission, with Rodgers confirming that there are no exceptions to the Reds’ approach.
According to the Daily Mirror, Liverpool have been left angry and upset by their players comments. Rodgers suggested that the England international has made a mistake, while fans have interpreted the news as an attempt to force a move away from the club.
“There was no permission from the club, it was something that surprised us all to be honest. But he is still learning, he will make mistakes. He will learn as we all do that you sometimes make mistakes, especially as a youngster, but we will move on.
“Our relationship is strong, he knows I am working in the best interest of the club and him, and he will learn as time goes on – like we all do when we make mistakes. He knows we are trying to trying to improve him as a player and that is important to him.”
Despite this latest setback, Rodgers remains confident that Sterling will eventually commit to a new contract at Anfield. The player reportedly wants an extra £50,000-per-week, on top of our initial 100k offer, but the Northern Irishman has reassured supporters that something will be sorted out.
“For Raheem it’s all about football, I know that as I speak often enough to him. He has made it clear he is very happy in his football.
“I think what the kid is trying to do is to cut off all talks about contracts and money, and concentrate on his football until the end of the season.”
Sterling has been our joint-top scorer so far this season, scoring six goals in the Premier League, and ten goals in all competitions.