Liverpool chairman confident of securing future of star player

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner says he is confident Raheem Sterling will sign a new deal at the Anfield club, despite ongoing difficulties with the England star’s contract negotiations.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the 64 year-old American was quick to reassure anxious Reds fans that while a deal has not been signed yet, it is not far off.

“All I can say is that I’m hopeful that we’ll conclude a deal,” Werner said.

“Obviously it’s important for us. He’s an exceptional player.”

American TV magnate Werner flew in this week with Reds owner John Henry for a series of top level meetings and revealed that talks with Sterling and his representatives are ongoing, with all parties involved keen on agreeing to a deal “that is good for him and good for Liverpool.”

The 20 year-old Sterling has been Liverpool’s top scorer in the Premier League this season with nine goals, although he missed the Reds’ recent victory over Tottenham Hotspur through injury. His foot problem will be assessed this weekend before Liverpool’s FA Cup fifth-round tie away to Crystal Palace.

The Reds currently sit in seventh place in the league with 42 points.

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