Jamie Carragher has expressed his anger at speculation regarding Raheem Sterling’s future…
Jamie Carragher has launched a scathing attack on journalists who have claimed that Liverpool face a battle to keep hold of star player Raheem Sterling, telling the Daily Mail that they risk distracting him and his teammates.
Carragher argued that Sterling, the ‘one shining light in the gloom surrounding Liverpool’, should not be subject to headlines such as: ‘Kop fight to keep Sterling’ – which was run by Sportsmail yesterday, ahead of the Reds match with West Brom.
Sterling’s current £30,000-a-week contract has more than two years left to run, but some sources believe that Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers faces a tough task to convince the teenager to put pen to paper on a new deal.
Former Reds defender Carragher said: “I have no issue about a journalist unearthing a story. Nor, on a separate matter, do I have a problem with agents trying to get the best possible deal for their clients.
“The reason for my fury was the timing of this particular story. Whoever has let it be known that Sterling is in no rush to commit his future to Liverpool has made a massive mistake. No thought has been given to the big picture.
“Do not underestimate the importance of the showdown with West Brom. If Liverpool fail to win again, the international break will be an absolute nightmare and the mood will worsen.”
The 36-year-old went on to explain that while all players like to see their wages increased, he never put pressure on the club during his 18 year spell, as they were renowned for rewarding those who made progress quicker than anticipated.
He added: “If anyone around me had put out a story like that about me during my career, never mind the day before a game, our relationship would have been over. My agent, certainly, wouldn’t have done anything like that and I would never have allowed that, even if he had wanted to.”
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