Raheem Sterling deserves unwavering support from Liverpool’s fans, despite his ongoing contract wrangle, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.
Talkes between Sterling’s camp and the club planned for Friday were reportedly cancelled after the England attacker’s agent claimed he would not sign a deal worth “£900,000 a week”.
Sterling’s future has been the subject of intense scrutiny in recent weeks, as the 20-year-old appears keen to pursue an exit from Anfield when the transfer window re-opens.
Arsenal and Manchester City are thought to be Sterling’s most interested suitors, but Rodgers has hailed his player’s continued efforts to improve himself on the pitch, despite the distractions away from it.
Rodgers said: “My message to the supporters would be: ‘This is a young boy who in my time as manager has given the football club everything’.
“He was thrust into the team at 17 years of age. In the following period he has been exceptional for me. He has had dips in form and performances but only because his standards are so high.
“He’s a young man who has obviously passed on his career to other people and, unfortunately, whether people perceive it as right or wrong, he is being led by the representative.
“But the young boy I see on a daily basis and who I work with is still the same boy who wants to learn and I think the supporters will just continue to show what they always do, which is wonderful support for every player in the Liverpool shirt.”