Sterling contract saga continues
By NICK PAPADIS
College Contributor Network
As the season nears an end, many questions still remain about the future of Liverpool star Raheem Sterling. The star has been linked with moves away from the club as his contract saga continues with the Anfield side.
There is no doubt that the English international would cost any interested clubs a large sum, yet that has not deterred several clubs who are keeping tabs on the 20-year-old.
Clubs such as Manchester City and Real Madrid have shown interest in Sterling, whose price tag could be in the £100 million range. However, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is not concerned about one of his key players departing this summer.
Rodgers remains confident that an agreement will be reached between the team and Sterling's representatives.
Rumors have circulated that the Reds have offered Sterling a contract in excess of £100,000 per week. If this is true, he would be paid better than most players his age.
Liverpool fans and pundits alike agree that it would be in Sterling's best interest to take the contract.
Signing a new agreement would not prevent a later raise wage, and would ensure him steady first team football along with a healthy wage.
Given that this season is Sterling's first season as one of the biggest stars at the club, holding out for a higher wage may not be as fruitful as he hopes. There is no questioning his ability, but time will prove if the 20-year-old is really worth the money he is seeking.
From the team's perspective, they will want to hold on to Sterling, as he is a huge part of the team's future. However, they also want the assurance that the winger will be as prolific and maintain the level of play he has shown thus far before they give a big-money contract.
Sterling's representatives should try to reach an agreement with the Merseyside club stipulating that if Sterling meets certain requirements next season his pay will automatically increase. This would appease the club's desire to guarantee that their money is well spent while also driving Sterling to strive to maintain the excellent form he has shown this season.
Nick Papadis is a sophomore at American University majoring in broadcast journalism and broadcasts AU Men's Soccer amongst other sports. Nick is an avid Liverpool fan. Follow him on twitter @NPSoccerTalk