Liverpool boss unwilling to overpay to keep star duo

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is not willing to overpay in order to keep English duo Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson at Anfield, according to reports from the Daily Star.

Reds captain Steven Gerrard has recently stated that the club should do all they can to keep the pair if they want long-term success, prompting both Sterling’s and Henderson’s agents to push for improved salaries on their contract extensions.

However Liverpool boss Rodgers insists that he won’t be offering a pay-rise over their expected value, although admitting that Sterling and Henderson are vital cogs in his Reds setup.

Rodgers said: “I think Steven Gerrard was relaying the message that the club is wanting as well, that both players are very important to the future.

“The club recognises that and I only hope as the manager, which I am sure it will do, that it it will be resolved fairly soon.

“Raheem has been offered a wonderful deal for a young player, a player who is still developing.

“He had made some great strides in the past couple of years and is now getting rewarded for that and hopefully his representatives can find agreement with the club.

“I know the player is very happy and wants to continue working in the way he has been here.

“What he has has been granted at this football club is an opportunity and we see that with lots of young players.

“They get an opportunity to play here and also they get rewarded for that but we are certainly not a club that’s going to give out way, way above what a player is worth at a certain time in his career.

“It’s not a case of just giving a player – any player and I’m not talking about Raheem here – what they want.

“We are saying we are want to reward our best talents who are a big part in the future and we are confident that will all be in hand and agreed very soon.”

Heading into the clash against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday, Rodgers will need to decide whether he will start Daniel Sturridge against the Lilywhites at Anfield.

The England striker only returned from a long-term injury the past few weeks and could be handed his first start since the end of September.

But Rodgers is set to be without Lucas Leiva, who limped off during the Reds’ 0-0 draw with Everton during the weekend.


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