LFC journalist James Pearce revealed the latest on the futures of several Liverpool stars including Raheem Sterling in a live chat with the Liverpool Echo.
Pearce held the live chat as part of the Echo’s daily coverage, fielding questions from Liverpool supporters using his knowledge of the inside workings of the club.
Naturally, the majority of the questions focussed on the futures of Liverpool’s current stars, and particularly those of Jon Flanagan, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling, who have all been in talks with the club regarding new contracts this season.
Asked about the likelihood of both Henderson and Sterling of signing new deals this summer, Pearce was more sure of one than the other.
“Currently, [Liverpool] are more confident the Henderson situation will be resolved. He wants to stay but wants more than the £80,000 per week he’s been offered.
“I think a compromise will be reached.
“As for Sterling, I really don’t know. The past week has fuelled fears at the club that his agent is looking to move him on this summer. But [Liverpool] have no intention of selling.
“It would take an offer of £50 million plus for their resolve to be rested.
On Flanagan, Pearce suggested that: “Like Sterling and Henderson, he hasn’t been able to reach an agreement with the club over wages.
“Hopefully that will change between now and the summer.”
Flanagan has recently returned from a long-term injury, featuring in Steven Gerrard’s All-Star charity match in March, and Pearce was asked as to the right-back’s expected first-team return.
“Flanagan won’t be in the squad to face Blackburn [Rovers on Wednesday night].
“The plan is for Flanagan to play in a behind-closed-doors game at Melwood later this week. If he comes through that he could be on the bench against Newcastle [United on Monday night].”
Pearce also confirmed that 19-year-old Jordon Ibe would make his return to the Liverpool first team in the due course.
“Ibe is starting to train again this week. Blackburn will come too soon for him but he could possibly he involved against Newcastle next Monday.”