Departing Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has urged Raheem Sterling to remain at Anfield as speculation grows over the youngster’s future at the club.
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Sterling has been involved in protracted negotiations over a new deal and there has been no clear indication as to when the contract will be signed – if indeed he does re-sign at all.
Speaking at his final press conference ahead of his last competitive game at Anfield, Gerrard said there was “no one better” for Sterling than current Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.
“For me, I am always going to be biased towards this club,” Gerrard is quoted as saying by Daily Express.
“My advice to Raheem is he needs a manager who is going to play him, to coach him, to believe in him. I think there is no one better for him than Brendan Rodgers.
“The danger for younger players is they want it all too soon and go to another club and just become a number.”
Sterling has been linked to a host of Premier League clubs including Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, while it’s believed Real Madrid are keeping a keen eye on the 20-year-old.
Gerrard will make his final appearance at Anfield against Crystal Palace on Saturday before playing his last game ever for the Reds away to Stoke City.