Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has urged teammate Raheem Sterling to stay at the club this summer despite recent interest from the likes of Arsenal, according to the Daily Mirror.
Sterling endured an uncomfortable afternoon during the club’s kit unveiling on Thursday where he was mildly heckled by around 500 supporters over his delay at signing a new contract.
He eventually spoke to the cameras after the initial unveiling, but dodged all talk about his future and instead decided to focus on his excitement over the club’s upcoming FA Cup semi-final clash with Aston Villa next weekend.
However, Sturridge, who has missed the majority of the campaign through injury, has jumped to the defence of his club and international colleague, insisting that he is not holding the Anfield giants to ransom.
Sturidge insisted that as long as Sterling is playing regular football he will be more likely to commit and that will outweigh how many zeros are added to the end of his payslip.
“As long as he is playing regularly he will be happy – I don’t think it is anything to with anything other than that and I hope he will stay at the club,” he said.
“It is important, regardless of who you are, to show what you can do – not just for Raheem but any young player.
“It is important to play games and gain experience so whatever decision he makes I am behind him 100 per cent.”