Steven Gerrard has urged Liverpool to tie key duo Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling to new contracts, reports the Guardian.
Captain in waiting Henderson has just 18 months left to run on his current deal, whilst joint top scorer this season Raheem Sterling has been negotiating terms of a new deal for several months, with a new deal still yet to be signed.
Sterling has been linked with big money moves to Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris St Germain since, and Gerrard says it is vital Liverpool tie the duo to new contracts, given they are the ‘future’ of the club.
The departing Liverpool captain said: “They need to sign him [Sterling] now. He knows what I want him to do. Not just him, Jordan Henderson as well. When I was coming through at Liverpool, every time you got within a couple of years left your contract would be renewed and there would no worrying or panic stage, but I see Henderson with a year left and I see Sterling – it is in the paper too much and I know there is no smoke without fire.
“So, for me, the message to the club is to get these done sharpish because these are the future of the club and I want to watch this team do well, in cup finals and challenging for the league. Those players, Sterling, Henderson – [Philippe] Coutinho and [Daniel] Sturridge who just signed up – they are the ones who are going to deliver, so it’s vital they get them done before it is too late.”
Gerrard’s immediate focus is on his final Merseyside derby, with Liverpool making the short trip across Stanley Park to take on Everton this evening.
The 34-year-old has scored 10 goals in 32 meetings against his local rivals – only Ian Rush has more goals against Everton in the Reds history.