If reports on Friday are to be believed, Liverpool are close to finalizing a new contract for youngster Raheem Sterling following the latest round of negotiations with the England winger’s representatives. As explained by Andy Hunter in The Guardian, Ian Ayre, who is the Liverpool chief executive, held another positive meeting in London this week. Logically, it is expected that Sterling will sign a new long-term deal soon.
In the wake of Luis Suarez’s absence and Daniel Sturridge’s unavailability due to his thigh injury, Sterling has led Brendan Rodgers’ side at times and has been a crucial component in their campaign so far. For example, at Turf Moor against Burnley, Sterling maintained a threat for 90 minutes, scoring the only goal of the game and leading the line with intelligence and technical skills.
The 20-year-old, who won the 2014 Golden Boy Awards, has been recently hailed by Rodgers, as per ESPN: “Raheem is a young kid who has burst on to the scene and been outstanding. I think he’s shown that he’s one of the top outstanding performers in the most competitive league in the world. He’s just 20. He’s got a lot of years of maturity and a lot of years left in his football education. There’s absolutely no question he could go on and become one of the leading players in the world consistently.”
Hence, making sure that Sterling will be at the club for a few more years to come could be the greatest signing for Liverpool this month, especially given the fact that Rodgers has already insisted “there won’t be a lot of activity, if any, in January,” as quoted by Sky Sports. The reds harbor Champions League aspirations and Sterling’s performances this Premier League campaign – scoring 4 goals as well as recording 4 assists – suggest the most prestigious club competition in European football is a competition he has earned the right to be playing in.