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Liverpool cancel meeting with Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling's contract saga with Liverpool has taken another new twist after the club cancelled Friday's scheduled meeting with the player and his agent.

Sterling is desperate to leave Liverpool. Credit: PA

Sterling's representative Aidy Ward had requested a sit down with chief executive Ian Ayre and manager Brendan Rodgers to discuss the 20-year-old's future, having turned down a £100,000-a-week deal in January.

However, in light of comments reported in the London Evening Standard, in which Ward apparently claims Sterling "would not sign a new contract for £900,000-a-week", Press Association Sport understands the meeting has now been scrapped.

Ward has subsequently disputed the words attributed to him and is reportedly threatening to take legal action but that has carried no weight with Reds officials, who it is understood do not see the point of discussing an issue which appears to have already been decided in the minds of the player and his representative.

Agent questions Sterling Liverpool exit rumours

Raheem Sterling's representative has stated reports the England winger will ask to leave Liverpool have 'been blown somewhat out of proportion'.

Aidy Ward, Sterling's agent, says he will sit down with Liverpool later this week to discuss the player's future.

Raheem Sterling doesn't know if he's coming or going. Credit: PA

"The story has been blown somewhat out of proportion," he said in a statement to talkSPORT.

"Raheem and his representatives have a meeting scheduled with Liverpool later this week, and we will take proceedings from there."

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Gerrard warns Raheem Sterling about leaving Liverpool

Departing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has urged Raheem Sterling not to follow him out of the Anfield exit.

Gerrard has told Sterling that Liverpool is the best place for him. Credit: PA

The 34-year-old has two matches remaining of a 17-year career with the Reds before he leaves for a new challenge at the Los Angeles Galaxy, and is set to play his final match at Anfield against Crystal Palace on Saturday evening.

His departure is certain but there is far less clarity around the future of 20-year-old England forward Sterling, who is set to consider his options in the summer after rejecting a £100,000-a-week deal earlier this season.

Gerrard believes the decision should be a simple one, telling reporters today:

For me, I am always going to be biased towards this club. My advice to Raheem is he needs a manager who is going to play him, to coach him, to believe in him. I think there is no one better for him than Brendan Rodgers.

I think he should sign a new deal. Brendan is a fantastic man manager, he puts a lot of time and effort into every player in the squad. The danger for younger players is they want it all too soon and go to another club and just become a number.

– Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

Ayre: Sterling not leaving Liverpool this summer

Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre is adamant that forward Raheem Sterling won't be departing Anfield this summer.

Contract talks with the England international are on hold, but Ayre says the club won't rush into any decision over his future imminently.

Raheem Sterling has already turned down a contract offer. Credit: PA

"Raheem's agent has asked that we park all discussions regards his future until the summer. We respect that.

"Raheem is a Liverpool player and has over two years left on his contract. We expect Raheem Sterling to be here for a long time."

Sterling embroiled in fresh controversy at Liverpool

Raheem Sterling has become embroiled in a fresh controversy after images of the Liverpool forward holding a shisha pipe alongside Reds team-mate and another rising star Jordon Ibe emerged yesterday.

Ibe and Sterling were pictured smoking shisha together. Credit: PA

Sterling has already earned the ire of club boss Brendan Rodgers after footage was released on Monday of the 20-year-old appearing to inhale the legal high nitrous oxide and then pass out.

Rodgers made it clear after Monday's 2-0 win over Newcastle that he expects better from his players and the Northern Irishman added he would talk to Sterling about the reports concerning his off-field behaviour.

The latest pictures, published in the Daily Mail, show both Sterling and 19-year-old winger Ibe holding shisha pipes and, according to the national newspaper, were taken at a London bar earlier this season.

It is the second time in a matter of days that Sterling has been photographed with a shisha pipe, with a Sunday newspaper also publishing pictures of him allegedly smoking from the instrument.

Liverpool did not wish to comment on the issue last night.

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