Rodgers insists Liverpool will not sell Sterling this summer

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would not be drawn on a possible move for Sterling this summer
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would not be drawn on a possible move for Sterling this summer

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted his club will not sell Raheem Sterling, as he insisted Arsenal have no chance of luring the 20-year-old to north London this summer.

Sterling's future was the primary topic of conversation as Rodgers faced the media ahead of Saturday's game against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium, with the Liverpool boss firm in his stance with a player who is under contract to Liverpool until the summer of 2017.

With Sterling turning down a £100,000-per-week new Liverpool contract, rumours abound that he may be on his way to Arsenal or Manchester City this summer, but Rodgers has stressed his club will not sanction his exit at the end of this season.

"He is not going anywhere in the summer so we will very much focus on trying to make him the best player we can," stated Rodgers as he was bombarded with questions about Sterling.

"Liverpool are one of the superpowers of football and the owners have made it clear - and we've seen it before - that money does not come into it.

"The club is not going to sell and if it doesn't want to sell it won't sell, it is simple as that.

"Money has never been the objective for the club. Whatever player - Raheem or anyone - leaves here it will always be on the terms of the club."

Rodgers went on to criticise Sterling for his decision to give an interview to the BBC talking about his contract wrangle with Liverpool.

"He didn't have permission by the club, it was something that surprised us all to be honest," he stated.

"People who look after players will have different ways of working and I've seen that in my years in football with different experiences.

"He is a young player who is still learning on and off the pitch and sometimes you will make mistakes as a youngster.

"Our relationship is strong, which is important. He knows I am working in the best interests of the club and him.

"He will learn as time goes on, like we all do, you make mistakes in life - especially when you are young."

Rodgers insisted Liverpool could satisfy Sterling's ambitions to win trophies and compete in the Champions League and stressed he did not need to leave Anfield to further his career.

"Raheem is saying his ambition is to win trophies and be successful - it is perfectly aligned with what we are trying to do," added Rodgers, before he was asked about Arsenal's links with a move for Sterling.

"Arsenal are a fantastic football club but this is Liverpool, one of the great clubs of the footballing world, and it is an honour for Raheem to be playing here.

"Raheem has been involved in the first team for two and a half years and the player he is today - and he still has a lot of improvements to make - is because of the environment we have created here.

"He still has learning and development to make on the pitch and off it and we feel this is a great place for him.

"He has made it clear recently he is very happy with his football. I think he is trying to put off all talk about contracts and money - he is a boy who genuinely loves his football.

"It is now about continuing and nurturing the development of a player who has made huge strides and someone we believe we still have a lot of input into his development to come so he can consistently be a player at the top of his game.

"It is not something we are overly concerned on and I am confident by the end of the season we will find the solution."