Steven Gerrard warns Raheem Sterling over risk of leaving Liverpool
Steven Gerrard has warned Raheem Sterling that he could be putting his future at the top of the game on the line if he walks out on Liverpool this summer.
Sterling is involved in a bitter contract dispute with Liverpool and his outspoken agent has suggested he will not sign a new contract the Anfield club, but Gerrard has suggested that may be a mistake.
Speaking at the launch of BT Sports new European football channel -- where Gerrard has signed up to become a regular TV pundit -- the former Liverpool skipper argued Sterling would be wise to consider what affect a move away from Liverpool could have on his long-term career.
"The frustration for me would be if he goes to another club and became a squad player and didn't get the chance to progress. That is the risk and it was be frustrating to see that," stated Gerrard.
"I wish I knew what Raheem was going to do. The only two people who know that decision are Raheem himself and his agent. For the the players sake and all his fans out there, he needs to make a decision.
"I hope he stays. For his development as a player, he has a fantastic manager who can look after him and it's important he plays week-in, week-out and tries to develop into a world class player.
Gerrard also expressed his surprise at the news that Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh has been relieved of their duties on the Liverpool coaching staff, as he again urged Liverpool to spend big this summer in a big to get back into the Champions League.
"I was very surprised to hear about the coaching changes at Liverpool," Gerrard added. "I want to hear Brendan speaking at a press conference to hear why he decided to make these decisions.
"I didn't expect there to be any changes in the staff positions. Brendan and the bosses have made their changes and I'm looking in with a keen interest to see who he puts alongside him and how he tries to improve the team moving forward.
"We will have to wait and see how it works out. Brendan clearly feels he needs to make changes to his staff to freshen things up, but the key is how you strengthen your team on the pitch. Signing the right players is key this summer.
"Hopefully Liverpool will be back in the Champions League very soon. We were very frustrated with how things went last season both in Europe and the Premier League.
"Now I am on the outside looking in, I hope they are ready to strengthen in the right areas and become much more competitive next season. We need to break back into those top four positions because everyone is hurt and frustrated about what happened last season."