Raheem Sterling to be rewarded with an improved contract

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The day after manager Brendan Rodgers likened Raheem Sterling to Lionel Messi, the teenager is reported to be heading for an improved contract at Anfield.

NEW YORK, USA - Wednesday, July 30, 2014: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the second goal against Manchester City during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Yankee Stadium on day ten of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rodgers told reports earlier this week:

“When you look at the finish against Manchester City in New York, how many times have we seen Messi produce a touch like that? Taking it through bodies when it’s so tight in the box.”

He praised:

“Tactically, technically, and what has been beautiful to watch with Raheem has been his maturity. He’s turning into a beautiful young man, with all the responsibility. He’s taking it all in his stride and now he’s in a good place with every part of his game. It’s just about maintaining that commitment to his work. He’s still only 19, but in big games he’s performed and he’s a wonderful talent.”

And now the 19-year-old is reported to be agreeing a new deal that will significantly improve his current £30,000 per week.

Earlier this summer reports suggested the English attacker would be handed a £100,000 per week contract, something we discussed here.

Sterling made 38 appearances last season, scoring 10 goals, impressing after returning to the side in December and being a key component as Rodgers’ side pushed for the title.

Following Luis Suarez’s departure this summer, Sterling will become even more important for The Reds – with he and Philippe Coutinho linking up expertly so far this pre-season.

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