EXCLUSIVE - Liverpool will not surrender to Sterling's demands
Liverpool are ready to play hard ball with Raheem Sterling and his advisers if the 20-year-old winger threaten to quit the club this summer in a dispute over his new contract.
sundayworld.com understand that Liverpool have informed Sterling's advisers that they will not increase their contract offer to a young player they have put onto the world stage and turned into a star.
With manager Brendan Rodgers keen to ensure his starlet is not instantly catapulted into the list of the biggest earners in the Premier League after just two seasons in the top flight, club insiders have told us that Sterling will not get the huge contract his advisers are demanding.
Having already turned down a deal believed to be worth around £100,000-per-week, Sterling's financial handlers have told the club that they will only consider signing a new deal next summer.
Yet Liverpool are relaxed about their stance, with the club holding all the aces as Sterling is under contract at Liverpool until 2017.
So if Sterling and his advisers push for a move away from Anfield in the summer, the club are determined to stand firm and force the player to remain, just as they did when Arsenal tried to sign Luis Suarez in the summer of 2013.
"It is something we can't worry ourselves on," said Liverpool boss Rodgers.
"The boy is happy here and I repeat, if you have the interest of the kid and his football development at this stage of his career, this is the best place to be."
Sterling has been linked with moves to Manchester City and Real Madrid in recent weeks, but the England star is still very much at the formative stage of his career.
Yet it seems as if his handlers are keen to move him on from Liverpool as quickly as possible, with the chase for cash seemingly just as important as the development of his career.