Raheem Sterling will not be given a pay rise just yet.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told Raheem Sterling that he will have to be patient in the quest to have his current £35,000-a-week ages tripled.
Sterling enjoyed a brilliant previous 12 months in a Reds shirt and as a result is hoping to be rewarded with a new bumper contract.
However, Rodgers has disappointed the 19-year-old and has made it clear that whilst he is extremely pleased with the forward, increasing his deal could be detrimental.
“A new contract is something that will be done with Raheem, but we must be careful,” the Northern Irishman was quoted by the Mirror.
“When you reward young players too quickly – Raheem’s still only 19 – you give them too much too early and that will be their downfall.
“There’s no doubt he is at a good level, but English players get rewarded too quickly here – that’s what ends up killing them. We must keep the kids in this country incentivised.
“It’s a big problem because they lose their hunger. You see them buying new Range Rovers before they’ve even passed their driving test. Young players get carried away and then wonder why their careers fall away.”
Sterling joined the Merseysiders from the QPR academy back in 2010 and broke into the first team at Anfield in 2012 and has since played 77 games for the club in all competitions.
Last season, under the guidance of Rodgers, the England international realised his potential and is widely considered to be one of the best youngsters in European football.
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