Liverpool boss confident of Sterling commitment

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers remains confident Raheem Sterling will sign a new contract with the club sooner rather than later.

The former Queens Park Rangers youngster has emerged as a key player for the Reds since last season, and he has also established himself as a regular for England with whom he now has World Cup Finals experience and a total of 13 caps. Indeed, his form has been of such a high standard he has been linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid in recent weeks.

Sterling remains under contract in the red half of Merseyside until the end of the 2016/17 campaign, but due to the progress he has made over the past couple of years and the reported interest from elsewhere, the Reds are naturally eager to tie him to a new and improved deal. Discussions in this regard are currently ongoing, and Rodgers is confident the forward is happy to Anfield and will soon prove his commitment to the cause by penning a new agreement.

“I think it’s all in hand with the football club and his representatives,” said the former Swansea City manager. “Raheem’s very happy here – as I’ve said he’s a young player at one of the greatest clubs in the world and playing very, very well. He sees his long-term future here – he’s very happy with his progress and how he’s developing, and he’s a real sponge for learning. He knows he’s in the right place to develop and be looked after, and I’m sure it’ll be sorted very soon.”

After their poor performances of early-season Liverpool have been improving in recent weeks, with some similarities in their play to that of last term when they finished runners-up to Manchester City. A top-four place and UEFA Champions League football remains their target this time round, and they will look to collect another maximum-point haul on Saturday when West Ham United visit Anfield.

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