Steven Gerrard urges Liverpool to sort out Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling contracts

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Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling are both waiting on new contracts from Liverpool…

Steven Gerrard might be leaving Liverpool when his contract expires at the end of the season, but that’s not preventing him from looking out for the well-being of the club that he loves.

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The Reds skipper has called on the club’s hierarchy to secure the long-term futures of both Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson and end any speculation over potential moves away from Anfield.

Gerrard, who was quoted by the Telegraph, said: “They need to sign him [Raheem] now. He knows what I want him to do. Not just him, Jordan Henderson as well.

“When I was coming through at Liverpool, every time you got within a couple of years left your contract would be renewed and there would no worrying or panic stage, but I see Henderson with a year left and I see Sterling – it is in the paper too much – and I know there is no smoke without fire.

“So, for me, the message to the club is to get these done sharpish because these are the future of the club and I want to watch this team do well, in cup finals and challenging for the league.

“Those players, Sterling, Henderson – Coutinho and Sturridge who just signed up – they are the ones who are going to deliver, so it’s vital they get them done before it is too late.”

Sterling has been locked in negotiations with Liverpool for several months, with a deal still waiting to be finalised amidst rumoured interest from European champions Real Madrid.

The 20-year-old forward established himself as a key player for club and country in 2014, and his role within in the Liverpool team has only taken on further importance since the summer departure of Luis Suarez.

He’s spent much of this season playing as a make-shift centre forward in the absence of the injured Daniel Sturridge, scoring nine goals in 33 appearances in all competitions.

Henderson, 24, who is expected to take over the Liverpool captaincy from Gerrard at the start of next season, has also been a regular so far this term – playing 34 times.

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