A cornerstone of Liverpool’s Premier League success in the 2013/14 campaign, Sterling will be offered salary in the region of £100,000 per week as his reputation in the English game continues to be enhanced.
A fantastic season with the Reds saw the 19-year-old score nine goals and assist five more, per WhoScored.com, with the call-up to Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad the icing on his coming-of-age cake.
As David Kent of Mail Online reports, a successful World Cup campaign with England will see the Liverpool winger’s value increase significantly, leading the Reds to take the necessary steps to ward off imminent interest from other suitors.
Kent writes that Sterling will pen a five-year deal with Liverpool to make him one of the highest earners at Anfield, but with the class he’s shown this season it isn’t coming without justification—being the most successful winger at take-ons in the league, according to Squawka Football:
Sterling formed part of the most electric front line in world football last season, together with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, leading Liverpool to their best chance of top-flight glory in 24 years.
Though still a tender teenager, his manager Brendan Rodgers believes that he can be a shining star in Brazil with England this summer, as Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph revealed:
If he is given the opportunity to play how he can play—he is an offensive player, an attacking player, creative player who works hard—he could be one of the stars of the World Cup for me. If he is given that opportunity in whatever position, whether at the point of a diamond or on the sides. As a 19-year-old boy let’s not forget he has been one of the top players in the Premier League, one of the most competitive leagues in the world, and if he continues to have that confidence to play with no fear he could be a really stand out player if he is asked to play that way.
With the World Cup famous for showcasing the best emerging talent on offer, Sterling certainly has all the credentials to make himself known on the biggest stage of them all.
Such an astronomical pay rise will certainly see the talented youngster remain in Red next season, where he’ll be able to announce himself to Europe in the Champions League.
Very rarely do players that are considered stars of the future live up to their billing, but Sterling showed last season why he deserves every plaudit that he gets.
Keeping him at Anfield together with some big-name arrivals could see the Reds once again challenge for domestic glory. Whatever his wage, though, exciting times lie ahead on Merseyside.