Liverpool open Sterling contracts in hope of holding off Real Madrid

Liverpool are set to open talks with Raheem Sterling over a new contract, in a bid to see off interest in the 19-year-old from Spanish giants Real Madrid, reports the Express.

The England international has been in outstanding form over the best part of 12 months, and has been linked with a move to the European Champions this week.

But Liverpool remain desperate to hang onto one of their most prized assets, and are set to offer a staggering contract worth £100,000 a week in order to keep him at the club.

Brendan Rodgers has helped Sterling develop into one of the most exciting young talents in the Premier League, and wants him to continue his development at Anfield.

His profile continues to rise however, for country as well as club.

The 19-year-old has been one of the few recent bright spots for Roy Hodgson’s England, but Rodgers has called on Sterling to be given a well deserved rest for the next round of international games.

“I would think Roy (Hodgson) and his staff would look at that with Raheem,” Rodgers said.

“He’ll want to ensure the games are won, but I’m sure resting players will be an objective.

“It’s one of the biggest jobs as a manager, maximising the available talent.”