The Reds’ captain, who will leave Anfield for LA Galaxy at the end of the season, believes that remaining on Merseyside would be the best thing for the youngster’s career
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has told team-mate Raheem Sterling to sign a new contract at Anfield.
The 20-year-old forward turned down a six-figure salary earlier this season and told the BBC in April that discussions regarding his future had been postponed until the end of the season.
And Gerrard, who will play his final game at Anfield against Crystal Palace on Saturday before joining LA Galaxy in the summer, is adamant that Merseyside remains the best place for Sterling’s development.
“Of course I’m biased but my advice to Raheem now is you have a manager who will believe in you and you can learn from and there is no one better than Brendan Rodgers for that,” the midfielder said at his farewell press conference on Thursday.
“He should sign a new deal here. Brendan is a fantastic man-manager and puts a lot of time and effort into the development of an individual.
“The danger for these young players is they want it all too soon and they go chasing it. Then they go to another club and just become a number.”
Gerrard’s 17-year association with his boyhood club will come to an end after Liverpool’s final game against Stoke City, with the 34-year-old having signed a two-year contract with LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer.
But the Reds’ long-serving captain says that he could one day return to Anfield in a coaching capacity.
“I certainly have ambitions to stay in the game. I think, to take a position at this club, you have to be good enough; you can’t take one on reputation or name,” he remarked. “It would be very naive to take a role here because you’re Steven Gerrard or you’ve had a role on the pitch with the club.
“If there’s a role offered that I feel I’m good enough for in a couple of years then I’ll certainly consider it. I do feel I can contribute to some role in the future.”