Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool are a superpower in world football and Sterling is not for sale
Kop boss is adamant his star man will be at Anfield next season
Published 02/04/2015 | 15:07
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Raheem Sterling is going nowhere this summer as they have no intention of selling one of their prize assets despite his contract dispute being played out in the full glare of the media.
In an interview not sanctioned by the club the 20-year-old denied he was a "money-grabber" for turning down a reported £100,000-a-week contract and said no amount of money would persuade him to sign a new deal before the summer.
Negotiations have been put on hold until the end of the season, at the request of the player and his representative, so for Sterling to fan the flames now came as something of a surprise to Reds officials.
It produced more speculation about Sterling's future but Rodgers is adamant they will not be backed into a corner by the fear of losing one of their brightest talents.
Liverpool rejected advances from Arsenal for Luis Suarez two years ago, with owner John W Henry famously saying "What do you think they're smoking over there at Emirates?" after rejecting a £40million plus £1 offer from the Gunners who mistakenly believed they had triggered the Uruguayan's release clause.
"He is not going anywhere in the summer so we will very much focus on trying to make him the best player we can," Rodgers said of Sterling.
When it was suggested to the Reds boss that money talks he added: "I think we as a club have shown that is not the case.
"Liverpool are one of the superpowers of football and the owners have made it clear - and we've seen it before - that money does not come into it.
"The club is not going to sell and if it doesn't want to sell it won't sell, it is simple as that.
"Money has never been the objective for the club. Whatever player - Raheem or anyone - leaves here it will always be on the terms of the club."