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Raheem Sterling 'not going anywhere' this summer insists Liverpool manager Rodgers

'Not going anywhere' - Raheem Sterling Credit: PA Pictures

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Raheem Sterling is going nowhere this summer as they have no intention of selling one of their prize assets despite his contract dispute being played out in the full glare of the media.

In an interview not sanctioned by the club the 20-year-old denied he was a "money-grabber" for turning down a reported £100,000-a-week contract and said no amount of money would persuade him to sign a new deal before the summer.

Negotiations have been put on hold until the end of the season, at the request of the player and his representative, so for Sterling to fan the flames now came as something of a surprise to Reds officials.

It produced more speculation about Sterling's future but Rodgers is adamant they will not be backed into a corner by the fear of losing one of their brightest talents.

"He is not going anywhere in the summer so we will very much focus on trying to make him the best player we can," Rodgers said of Sterling.

When it was suggested to the Reds boss that money talks he added: "I think we as a club have shown that is not the case.

"Liverpool are one of the superpowers of football and the owners have made it clear - and we've seen it before - that money does not come into it.

"The club is not going to sell and if it doesn't want to sell it won't sell, it is simple as that.

"Money has never been the objective for the club. Whatever player - Raheem or anyone - leaves here it will always be on the terms of the club."

Standing firm - Brendan Rodgers Credit: PA Pictures

Liverpool remain in a position of strength as Sterling's current contract, worth a reported £35,000 a week, runs until the summer of 2017.

Rodgers suggested the player's decision to go public was a mistake but partly excused it on the grounds of his inexperience.

"He didn't have permission by the club, it was something that surprised us all to be honest," he added.

"He is a young player who is still learning on and off the pitch and sometimes you will make mistakes as a youngster.

"Our relationship is strong, which is important. He knows I am working in the best interests of the club and him.

"He will learn as time goes on, like we all do, you make mistakes in life - especially when you are young."

Anfield charity match attracts all-star players

Gerrard's squad

Brad Jones, Glen Johnson, Kevin Nolan, Scott Dann, Ashley Williams, John Arne Riise, Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Rickie Lambert, Xabi Alonso, Thierry Henry, Charlie Adam, Ryan Babel, Jay Spearing, John Terry, Stephen Warnock, Anthony Gerrard, Joao Carlos Teixeira.

Carragher squad

Jose Enrique, Luis Garcia, Didier Drogba, Craig Noone, Harry Kewell, Alvaro Arbeloa, Alberto Moreno, Stewart Downing, Lucas Leiva, Gael Clichy, Jamie Carragher, Pepe Reina, Fabio Borini, Peter Gulacsi, Jonjo Shelvey, Martin Kelly, Jon Flanagan, Craig Bellamy, Mario Balotelli, Jerome Sinclair.



Watch: Hillsborough campaigners collect their CBEs from the Queen

Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks have been awarded CBEs for services to the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died at the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989.

They were separately presented with their honours by the Queen during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Mrs Aspinall and Mr Hicks spoke briefly to the Queen after she pinned their medals. The ceremony concluded with Her Majesty shaking their hands.

Mrs Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, along with Mr Hicks, president of the group, campaigned for decades until the quashing of earlier inquest verdicts and the holding of the ongoing new inquests at a special hearing in Warrington.

"It is quite obvious that she knew about Hillsborough because she did say 'Things are better for you all now, hopefully? Things are looking a little bit different now'.

"I know she cannot say much about it, I just said yes."

– Margaret Aspinall, speaking after the investiture today.

Mrs Aspinall's son James, 18, and Mr Hicks's daughters Sarah, 19, and Victoria, 15, were among the 96 Liverpool fans who were killed in Britain's worst sporting disaster.

Mr Hicks described it as a day of "mixed emotions", saying that "it is the first time I have got something that I would rather not have had, for obvious reasons, but I am extremely proud to be here".

Hillsborough campaigners honoured

Two Hillsborough campaigners will receive honours from the Queen later.

Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks will be awarded CBE's for services to the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the disaster in 1989.

Trevor Hicks' daughters Sarah and Victoria died at Hillsborough Credit: PA
Margaret's 18 yr old son James died in the tragedy Credit: PA

Mrs Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support group, along with Mr Hicks, president of the group, campaigned for decades until the quashing of earlier inquest verdicts and the holding of the ongoing new inquests at a special hearing in Warrington.

List of grounds in drone court case

Wilson is accused of flying a drone over congested areas during football matches last year without permission from the Civil Aviation Authority.

They are:

::Liverpool v Aston Villa on September 13 2014 at Anfield.

::Liverpool v Ludogrets on September 16 at Anfield.

::Nottingham Forest v Fulham on September 17 at Nottingham Forest's City Ground.

::Derby County v Reading on September 23 at Derby's ground.

::Arsenal v Tottenham on September 27 at the Emirates Stadium.

::Stoke City v Newcastle United on September 29 at the Britannia Stadium.

::Derby County v Bournemouth on September 30 at Derby's ground.

::Leicester City v Liverpool on December 2 at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

It is also said that on a number of occasions he did not maintain direct and unaided visual contact with a small unmanned surveillance aircraft "to monitor its flight path in relation to persons and structures for the purposes of avoiding collisions".

Locations named in those allegations include some of the football grounds, Buckingham Palace, the Shard building and the Houses of Parliament.

Wilson has been summoned to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on April 16.

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