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Liverpool boss says Raheem Sterling is no Luis Suarez

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dealt with difficult situations with his star players before, and has now been forced to draw comparisons on the two this week as speculation that Raheem Sterling could leave Anfield goes into overdrive.

The Reds boss was forced to fend off all comers for then star striker Luis Suarez in the summer of 2013, but successfully managed to keep hold of the Uruguayan for another season.

Suarez then joined Spanish giants Barcelona last summer following an unsuccessful bid for the Premier League title, and this week has been drawn into not only comparing the two situations, but the two players as well.

Speaking with the Daily Star, the Northern Irishman was asked about whether he felt the two instances were the same.

But Rodgers had some strong words for the young England international, who has just turned down a new contract in the region of £100,000 per week.

“As a 20-year-old, no he’s not at that level,” said Rodgers.

“He’s a very talented young footballer hopefully on his way to that level.

“He’s a young player who has a lot of development but who also has made a lot of progress because of one reason which is Liverpool.

“Players now may look to later in their career and their life.

“But I can only focus on here, Liverpool and what is best for him and now.”

“I pick the best team and what is key for him – and I’m sure he understands – is he is getting the opportunity to play,” said Rodgers.

“If you look through this league and in Europe and there aren’t many playing at 17, 18, 19 or 20.

“It doesn’t bother me – I pick the best team and he will probably sit back, reflect and think he is playing which not many young kids are.”

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