Liverpool hero makes plea to rising star

Departing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has called on Raheem Sterling to stay at Anfield for the good of his career.

The Reds’ 20-year-old starlet has been the subject of headlines and speculation for some time following a controversial interview conducted with the BBC.

The youngster confirmed that he’d rebuffed a big offer to extend his stay at the club while also shelving plans to talk about his future until the end of the season.

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Naturally, a host of big clubs have since been aligned with the England international, including the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.

Although Liverpool have not won a trophy under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers and may struggle to match the attacker’s ambitions in the short term, Gerrard – who will join LA Galaxy in a couple of months’ time – believes that staying where he is and working under the Northern Irishman is without doubt the best move:

“For me, I am always going to be biased towards this club,” he’s quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “My advice to Raheem is he needs a manager who is going to play him, to coach him, to believe in him.

“I think there is no-one better for him than Brendan Rodgers. I think he should sign a new deal.

“Brendan is a fantastic man manager, he puts a lot of time and effort into every player in the squad.

“The danger for younger players is they want it all too soon and go to another club and just become a number.”

Gerrard will play, potentially, his last game at Anfield on Saturday, when Liverpool face Crystal Palace.