Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has pleaded with the club’s angry fans to get off Raheem Sterling’s back for this weekend’s season closer against Stoke, according to The Sun.
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Sterling’s future at the club has become uncertain this week following comments from the player’s agent, Aidy Ward, stating that Sterling would not sign a new deal even if he was offered £900k-per-week.
Rodgers wants to hold on to Sterling for the remaining two years of his deal, but the 20-year-old was roundly booed by supporters when he received his Young Player of the Season at an awards dinner earlier in the week.
But Rodgers is aware that anger from the stands could only serve to push him away further, and he has called for calm as they travel to the Britannia on Sunday.
“My message to supporters would be, look, this is a young boy who in my time as manager has given the football club everything,” Rodgers said.
“I think the supporters will continue to show what they always do, which is wonderful support for every player in the Liverpool shirt.”
The club are keen to avoid another long running saga akin to last summer when Luis Suarez departed for Barcelona.