Saturday 24 February 2018

Raheem Sterling set to miss Spurs clash with foot injury

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling
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Raheem Sterling looks likely to miss the visit of Tottenham Hotspur tonight after a knock to his foot picked up during the goalless Merseyside derby at the weekend.

Sterling, who is currently in the middle of contract negotiations with the club, will not feature against the Londoners who currently sit four points ahead of the Reds in fifth position in the league.

Meanwhile manager Brendan Rodgers says the club have offered the 20 year-old an "incredible" new deal and will not bow to excessive wage demands as they continue contract talks.

Liverpool have been negotiating with Sterling's agent, Aidy Ward, since October but having believed they had made a breakthrough with an offer understood to be near £100,000-a-week, it remains unclear if there will be a resolution before the end of this season. Sterling's agent is pursuing considerably more than the current Liverpool proposal.

Steven Gerrard suggested that Liverpool should secure Sterling and vice-captain Jordan Henderson as matter of urgency. Rodgers said that every effort was being done to do so.

"Steven is relaying a message that the club is wanting as well," Rodgers said. "Both players are very, very important for the future and the club recognise that and I only hope that it will be resolved very soon.

"Raheem has been offered a wonderful deal for a young player who is still developing. He has made some great strides in these last couple of years and will get rewarded for that. Hopefully his representatives can find agreement with the club. The player is very happy and wants to continue working in the way he has been.

"I am only saying what I know what the club has offered, which is an incredible deal for a young player. I have spoken to Raheem a number of times. He is very happy here and you see that in his game.

"What he has been granted at this club is an opportunity. We see that with lots of young players. They are getting the opportunity to play here and they get rewarded for that. But we are not a club that is going to give out way above what a player is worth at a certain time of his career."

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