Rodgers: Sterling must work

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Raheem Sterling not to have any ideas about taking it easy when his new contract is signed.

Last Updated: 21/12/12 at 08:25 Post Comment

Raheem Sterling: The teenage star is expected to sign a new five-year contract b

Raheem Sterling: The teenage star is expected to sign a new five-year contract b

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Teenage star Sterling is expected to seal a fresh five-year deal before the weekend as the Anfield club bid to ensure they do not lose him to rivals Arsenal or Manchester United.

But Liverpool boss Rodgers does not want to see the England international then think a lucrative contract means he no longer has to work hard.

Ahead of Saturday's Premier League game against Fulham, Rodgers said: "I always congratulate players when they sign a new contract and then I warn them.

"I tell them they need to decide after this contract whether there is going to be another at one of the biggest clubs in the world or whether it will be at a different level.

"They can't rely on this contract and I make sure they know that. They have got that contract for what they have done in the past."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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