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STEVEN Gerrard has told Raheem Sterling not to delay and get pen to paper on a new Liverpool deal as soon as possible.

Sterling has more than two years left on his current contract but noises from Madrid and Barcelona suggest that Liverpool's resolve to keep him and the player's own loyalty to Brendan Rodgers will be tested severely in the coming months.

And with Sterling stalling on talks about a new deal, both Rodgers and Gerrard are clearly worried that he will be tempted away from Anfield by a huge offer.

"I hope he signs a new contract at the club because I think this club is perfect for him, certainly for the next few years," said Gerrard, himself involved in a tricky contract situation at Anfield.

"He's going to play most weeks, the fans love him here.

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"He can progress here and become a top, top player here so I hope the people around him give him the right advice because he should stay here.

"He's great to watch, great to play with, he's got that pace. When you look up he's always giving you an option and that's what I've thrived on throughout my career at Liverpool with the likes of Fernando Torres, Michael Owen," said Gerrard.

The Liverpool skipper is considering a contract offer himself but has told Rodgers that he will wait until the end of the season before revealing his intentions.

In the meantime, speculation suggests that Rodgers has identified Aston Villa's Fabian Delph as a possible replacement.

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