Can Daniel Sturridge convince Raheem Sterling to stay put?
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has made an appeal to teammate Raheem Sterling, urging him to stay at Anfield this summer rather than be tempted into a move elsewhere.
The original report, which came via the Daily Star, claimed that the Reds would be prepared to accept a swap deal with the Gunners, also involving 26-year-old England international Theo Walcott.
However, Sturridge is desperate not to lose another of his fellow Reds forwards, having already said goodbye to Luis Suarez last summer. The trio scored over 60 goals between them last season but ‘SAS 2.0’ has struggle without the talismanic Uruguayan.
As BT Sport reports, Sterling has already rejected the offer of a new £100,000-per-week contract to extend his current deal beyond the summer of 2017 and Liverpool’s attempts to tie down the planet’s brightest young prospect have so far been met with a stony lack of interest.
Sturridge told BT: “I don’t know what Raheem wants to do but it is just important to be able to play regularly.
“As long as he is playing regularly he will be happy – I don’t think it is anything to do with anything other than that and I hope he will stay at the club.
“It is important, regardless of who you are, to show what you can do – not just for Raheem but any young player.
“It is important to play games and gain experience so whatever decision he makes I am behind him 100 per cent.”