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Liverpool captain in waiting wants Sterling to stay

Liverpool captain in waiting Jordan Henderson hopes England team-mate Raheem Sterling commits his future to the Anfield club soon.

Sterling does not want to sign a new deal at Liverpool. Credit: PA

Sterling's contract dispute with Liverpool took a bitter twist last month when his representative Aidy Ward allegedly claimed the young forward was determined to leave the club.

Ward reportedly said in an interview with the London Evening Standard that his client would not accept a new contract at Liverpool, even if the club offered him £900,000 a week.

Ward later denied making those comments but there are no signs that contract negotiations with the forward are progressing well.

Despite interest in Sterling from Manchester City, Henderson still harbours hope his team-mate will remain at Liverpool though.

"He's obviously left (his future) to whoever's representing him in regards to what he wants to do," Henderson said.

"But for me Raheem Sterling is a fantastic player and he's been brilliant for England, I hope he will stay at Liverpool."

Skrtel upset and 'uneasy' with Liverpool contract offer

Martin Skrtel has told Slovakian reporters he rejected an "unacceptable" contract offer from Liverpool this week.

Skrtel was not impressed with Liverpool's contract offer. Credit: PA

The 30 year-old defender impressed in a poor Reds team this season and had looked likely to remain at Anfield despite interest from Wolfsburg and Napoli.

Skrtel's contract at Anfield expires in June 2016 but Liverpool may decide to cash in this year rather than keep the Slovakian international for another 12 months and risk losing him for nothing.

Speaking about Liverpool's contract offer to Aktualne, Skrtel said:

It's unacceptable for me. I think that such contracts are offered to players who are much older than me or players who have had some health problems.

The contract, which was presented to me, makes me uneasy, so I did not sign it. There has been some speculation about the interest of other clubs for me, but they are currently being addressed.

– Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel

Liverpool owners to deliver Rodgers verdict this week

Rodgers knows his Anfield future is on the line. Credit: PA

Liverpool's owners will fly to Merseyside for talks with Brendan Rodgers this week, and are expected to make an announcement about his future on Thursday.

Tom Werner and John W Henry are scheduled for end-of-season talks with Rodgers on Wednesday, amid reports that Liverpool's manager could be fired following a disastrous campaign.

The Reds were Premier League runners-up in 2013/14 but could only manage sixth spot in a season that culminated with the humiliating 6-1 defeat at Stoke last month.

Rodgers joined Liverpool three years and has yet to win any silverware.

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