Liverpool Warned: Pay up or you WILL LOSE Sterling!

first_imgNeil Warnock has warned Liverpool they will have to give in to Raheem Sterling’s wage demands if they want to keep him at Anfield.Contract talks between the club and the 20-year-old are currently on hold after the forward reportedly turned down improved terms of £180,000 a week.He still has two years to run on his current deal, but there are fears among the fans on Merseyside that he may decide to quit the club and join a Premier League rival that is prepared to meet his demands, or head abroad to the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid.And Warnock admits the Reds are on the back foot when it comes to negotiations.The former QPR and Crystal Palace boss told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I don’t think they [Sterling and his advisers] have decided where he’s going to go yet, but because he’s in the driving seat – players are always in the driving seat when they’re as good as Sterling – the agents will know if they don’t rush into anything, the longer it goes on the more power they have, and more the situation becomes ‘pay up or let him go’.“You can’t do much about it as a manager. All you can do is tell him it’s the best thing for him and for his career to stay at the club, and all that bull we all come out with but, at the end of the day, it all comes down to money and to the opportunity [available to him].“I’m sure they don’t want him to go. You can’t get players like that, you just can’t find them without spending multi-millions, so you’ve got to try to keep him.“But at the end of the day it’s up to the club, and they will have to come up with more money than they think he’s worth at the moment.“They talk about age and say you can’t give young lads too much money at that age and things like that, but this is a new world and if you don’t give them the money, they’re off.”last_img read more